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Chavez is dead and Venezuela is in a deep crisis.

The Americas Security News Post.- Chavez is dead.

The Americas Security News Post.- Chavez is dead.

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, the venezuelan  government announced.

His departure  alters the political balance in Venezuela,  and in Latin America, where Mr. Chávez led a group of populist governments.

With the president’s death, the Constitution says that the nation should “proceed to a new election” within 30 days, and that the vice president should take over in the meantime. The election is likely to pit Vice President Nicolás Maduro, whom Chávez designated as his political successor, against Henrique Capriles, a young state governor who ran against Chávez in a presidential election in October.

But there has been heated debate in recent months over clashing interpretations of the constitution, in light of Mr. Chávez’s illness, and it is impossible to predict how the post-Chávez transition will proceed.

Mr. Chávez’s supporters wept and flowed into the streets in paroxysms of mourning.