On Thursday January 24, Spanish newspaper El País published a front page headline screaming "the secret of Chavez's health" acompanied by a picture of a man, eyes closed, lying in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of his mouth.

Candidates of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won the governor elections on December 16 in 20 out of the country’s 23 states, including in 5 which were ruled by the opposition MUD. The reactionary opposition’s only consolation was that it kept the important Miranda state where their defeated presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski beat former vice president Elias Jaua.

On Saturday, December 8, Venezuelan president Chávez announced that he would have to undergo another surgical intervention in Cuba. Adding that “there are always risks in processes like this” he explained that “if anything happens to me that hinders me [from performing as president]”, vice president Maduro is his preference to replace him.

On 10 October, a little after 8:30pm, the vice-president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, appeared in the media announcing his party’s candidates for governor in the upcoming elections. The response from the grassoots of the party was fast in coming.

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