The Vice-President, a Socialist, Succeeds Chavez in Narrow Victory
|Nicolas Maduro - Reuters|
Maduro, the former bus driver, who was with Chavez from the beginning, has big shoes to fill. There was one Hugo Chavez, with his remarkable abilities to keep the people overwhelmingly on his side and keep a fractious Venezuelan Left together. But Maduro's heart will be in the right place.
It remains to be told why the election turned out to be so close when a week before the election Maduro was comfortably ahead, 10 or 12 points at least, but it will have to be taken into account as the Socialist movement Chavez led for the last 14 years moves ahead.