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It’s impossible to imagine a political situation so lawless, scary and downright surreal - unless you are a citizen of Venezuela, where the apparent death throes of Hugo Chavez are unlike anything that even the continent of magical realism has ever seen before. Monday marked the 42nd day since Chavez departed for Cuba, saying he was to undergo new surgery for the cancer he has battled for more than 18 months; it was the 11th day since his presidential term expired and he failed to appear for the inauguration of a new one.
During that time Venezuelans have heard and read no words and seen no photographs of their ruler - not even a tweet. But his closest aides have been regularly trooping to Havana for meetings with Raul and Fidel Castro, who are openly steering Venezuela’s crisis. Last week Chavez’s vice president, Nicolas Maduro, produced what he said was a Chavez-signed decree appointing a new foreign minister, prompting a furious debate about whether the purported signature - the closest thing to a Chavez sign of life since Dec. 10 - was authentic.
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
reply to post by Libertygal
Thanks for digging that full pic up Libertygal, and btw, love your username!
So now that we can see the full pic, still think it's photoshopped? Upon first looks to me, th
at lighting looks pretty dead on and consistent, and I think the impression of the body is visible now in the linen of the coffin... Hmm...edit on Thu Jan 24th 2013 by TrueAmerican because: (no reason given)
The photo shows a man in hospital with a tube in his mouth and was printed on the front page with the headline: "the secret of Chavez's illness