In crisis-hit Venezuela, even opponents miss Chavez

Since Hugo Chavez died two years ago, Venezuela’s economy has tanked and the government has lurched toward more repressive tactics, triggering nostalgia among the late leftist firebrand’s supporters and even his opponents. Chavez’s hand-picked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, has largely followed his mentor’s script for “21st-century socialism,” right down to the hours-long diatribes against “American imperialism” and the tracksuits in the colors of the Venezuelan flag.

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