Chavez May Help Shape Post-Castro Cuba

Cuban President Fidel Castro has been a mentor to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. And their relationship has become critically important, as Venezuela now provides the Caribbean island nation with oil — on generous terms.

Venezuela is also absorbing a large portion of Cuba's underemployed skilled workers, including doctors.

The relationship gives Chavez a degree of influence in Cuba. Some analysts believe he will use that influence to help keep Cuba on the communist road after Castro dies.



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