The death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is likely to have far reaching implications for how other countries interact with the leftist Bolivarian block led by Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. We talked about this with Luis de Grandes, a Spanish member of the EPP group who is the chair of Parliament's delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean community.
How will this change the Bolivarian block's relationship with the world?
First of all, let me express my sincere condolences to the Venezuelan people, as they have lost a charismatic and loved president. It is undeniable that a person who led his country and influenced other presidents like Bolivian president Evo Morales and Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has disappeared.
But beyond charisma, the institution remains and president Chávez's passing away may moderate political radicalism inherent to his personality.
What is Chávez's legacy to the Venezuelan people?
He enjoyed an unambiguous legitimacy as he was repeatedly re-elected. And we must be respectful of the will of the Venezuelan people. What is his legacy? His succession must be peaceful and comply with the 1999 constitution. History will tell us about his legacy, but his charisma and legitimacy to do what he has done during his mandate are indisputable.