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Hugo Chavez is dead

Hugo Chavez is dead. As per my thoughts: I feel as Chileans must have felt, when Pinochet was voted out; as Egyptians felt, when Mubarak was ousted; as Libyans, when Gaddafi was killed; as Paraguayans, when Lugo was kicked out; as Americans, when Obama won and Brits when Tony Blair returned Labour back to power.

It's, I think, a mix of joy, sadness, hope, excitement and expectation, above all, expectation. For let us not forget, chavistas, which is the people that surrounded Hugo Chavez for the last few years, are still, pretty much in command: they've got all the fire power, and all the money. They are still taking cues from America's longest dictatorship, while Colombian narco terrorists and drug traffickers have permeated to the highest reaches of the Venezuelan army. Criminals run the show in Venezuela, literally. That's the legacy we'll have to deal with.

Hugo Chavez is dead, alas Venezuela is still in the dark.