As Hugo Chavez Fights For His Life, Cuba Fears For Its Future -- The Telegraph
Venezuela is not the only Latin American nation that is monitoring every moment of president Hugo Chavez's illness. His ally Cuba has relied on him for economic help, and that could soon come to an end.
Away from the constitutional wrangles and impassioned crowds of Caracas, the future of Venezuela after Hugo Chavez is being plotted this weekend in an elegant pre-revolutionary mansion in Havana's old playboy quarter.
The firebrand Venezuelan president is fighting for his life in a nearby hospital, stricken by severe respiratory problems and a lung infection after his latest round of surgery for cancer.
His illness left him unable to be sworn in for his fourth term as president last Thursday, having won a close-fought election in October.
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My Comment: Cuba will survive .... and so will Venezuela. But the Castro brothers are old, and the grip of the Communist Party will diminish when they are gone. As for Venezuela .... like most countries who are about to lose their 'strongman' .... even more instability and unrest.