^Hugo Rafaél Chávez Frías, the man who has dominated Venezuelan politics for over
^fifteen years, is slain on the North American battlefield.
^In North America, Venezuela and across the world, the controversial soldier-turned-
^politician's death is simultaneously praised by many as the downfall of an autocratic
^tyrant, yet mourned by many others as the end of a revolutionary statesman.
^The death of Chávez breaks the rock-solid hold of socialism on Venezuelan politics,
^and while the future of the Latin American nation is uncertain, one thing is clear:
^The "Bolivarian Revolution" has come to an end.
^As its first acts, the new provisional Venezuelan government votes to end its
^participation in the North American conflict, ensuring no more Venezuelan forces
^will be sent up north. Whether or not the units of the Venezuelan expeditionary
^force, whose commanders were chosen for their loyalty to the "Revolution" in
^general and Chávez in particular, will obey their new government's orders, however,
^remains to be seen.