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Sudden Possibility of a Chávez Exit Underlines Venezuela's Institutional Weakness

Catherine Cheney Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez flew to Cuba on Monday for his fourth cancer surgery after announcing over the weekend that he had designated his vice president, Nicolas Maduro, as his desired political successor.

The announcement marked the first time Chávez, who has publicly battled the disease for more than a year, has suggested that his health could keep him from continuing in office. ...

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