Latin America Monitor In the face of uncertainty, Venezuela frames Chávez as savior

Venezuela has faced increasingly tough economic and political times since the death in March 2013 of Hugo Chávez. President Maduro is promoting religious imagery related to the former leader and creating a 'civil religion' around his legacy.


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During a difficult year in which the future of Chavismo has become increasingly uncertain, the government of Nicolás Maduro has continued to construct a civil religion around the figure of Hugo Chávez through a continual flow of ritual events.