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Venezuelans voting whether to re- elect Hugo Chavez on Oct. 7 will also decide the fate of a regime that forms the linchpin of an alliance from Iran to Cuba against U.S. policies...

...In the 58-year-old president’s tightest election yet, challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski has blasted his rival for “exporting revolution” while failing to address a surge in crime and 18 percent inflation. Without Chavez, countries such as Nicaragua and Bolivia would lose their “standard bearer,” said Cynthia Arnson, Latin America program director at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington.

“A Capriles victory would dramatically alter Venezuela’s alliances,” Arnson said in an Oct. 1 interview. The loss of Chavez “could further isolate the small number of countries that have considered themselves part of that alternative political vision. Cuba would be a big loser.”


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