Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a coma ‘only kept alive by life support’ after cancer surgery

Should he go, look for his politicized favorite, Nicolas Maduro, to take the helm.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery, it was claimed today.

Sources at the hospital in Cuba where he is being treated told a Spanish newspaper he was showing ‘very weak’ vital signs, adding that doctors could decide to switch off the machines ‘at any moment’. Continue reading

Snapshot: Chavez’s designated successor

If the cancer-stricken Chavez survives until his Jan. 10 inauguration but dies during the first four years of his term, the constitution says that Maduro would take over temporarily and that new elections should be held within 30 days.Chavez told Venezuelans on Saturday night if he isn’t able to stay on he wants them to elect Maduro as his successor. Continue reading