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That is not a bad thing, and the Venezuelan opposition has finally grasped that. A spell in opposition might help Chavez own party come to terms with its role in the new Venezuelan political consensus: No longer an embattled movement, but a more or less egalitarian democracy.

In last year election, the Venezuelan opposition parties managed to unite behind a single presidential candidate, Enrique Capriles, whose political platform was basically without the demagoguery. In previous Adidas Sl 72 Grey Blue

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This will be hard for the PSUV to do, because people around Chavez are addicted to the rhetoric and mindset of against the forces of evil they see on every side. Nicolas Maduro, for example, could not resist claiming Chavez cancer had been induced by foul play by Venezuela enemies when he announced the leader death.

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´╗┐Chavez's death brings hope for democracy

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to retain most of Chavez social welfare policies, and lost very narrowly.

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elections, the opposition had railed against Chavez and Marxism, and lost by a wide margin. Capriles, by contrast, promised Adidas Tech Super Ef Trainers

Venezuela never stopped being a democracy despite 14 years of Chavez rule. He didn seize power. He didn Adidas Run Bounce Sl even rig elections, though he used the government money and privileged access to the media to good effect.

graveyards are full of indispensable men, said Georges Clemenceau, prime minster of France during the First World War, and promptly died to prove his point. He was duly replaced, and France was just fine without him. Same goes for Hugo Chavez and Venezuela.

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Presidente Chavez death on Tuesday came as no surprise. He was clearly coming home to die when he returned from his last bout of surgery in Adidas Tech Super 498

He was elected president four times, the first three with increasing majorities but the last time, in 2012, he fell back sharply, only defeating his rival by 54% to 44%.

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Cuba in December, and since then everybody in politics in Venezuela has been pondering their post Chavez strategies. But none of them really knows what will happen in the election that will be held by the end of April, let alone what happens afterwards.

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For all of Chavez ranting about class struggle and his admiration for Fidel Castro, this was not achieved by taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor. It was accomplished by spending oil revenue differently. Chavez changed political psychology of the country, and it now has potential to be a Saudi Arabia with democracy.

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Venezuela today has the fairest distribution of wealth in the Americas, with the obvious exception of Canada.

That is certainly not a wide enough margin to guarantee his appointed successor, Nicolas Maduro, will win the next election. Maduro will doubtless benefit from a certain sympathy vote, but that effect may be outweighed by the fact Chavez is no longer there in person to work his electoral magic. If his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) were to lose that election, it would not be a tragedy.

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Chavez was an unnecessarily combative and polarizing politician and a truly awful administrator, but he has actually achieved what he went into politics for. Twenty years ago Venezuelan politics was a corrupt game fought between two factions of a narrow elite. Now the task of using the country oil wealth to improve the lives of the poor majority is central to all political debate in the country.

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