RT: Hugo Chavez was a huge figure in South Americanpolitics – how will his death impact the continent?Adrian Salbuchi: From a continental point of view ofSouth America and the whole of Latin America, he was a strongsupporter of the sovereignty of the foreign policy of Latin Americain general. And Venezuela gave a very good example by putting abrake on US interventionism within the country and thereby theentire region and maintaining very fluid relationships withcountries that are against the American foreign policy in generaland that of its allies.RT: We see Vice-President Maduro apparently takingcharge of the country. Yet according to the constitution, the headof parliament should be leading the country. What is goingon?AS: New constitution of Venezuela… requires thepresident of the National Assembly, a gentleman by the name ofDiosdado Cabello, to take over and then in 30 days new electionshave to be called. Now Nicolas Maduro will be the Chavez’s partycandidate, and he certainly stands [a] good chance of election,especially with the country’s emotional state right now, but Chavezhad huge enemies within Venezuela and, more importantly, outsideVenezuela. So unfortunately the United States in the first instanceand other countries such as Israel and countries in Western Europewill do all they can to support the opposition candidate, HenriqueCapriles Radonski, who came in second in the presidential electionsand who will definitely have all the financial, political and mediasupport of the global power structures against Mr. Maduro as theChavez candidate.RT: Are we looking at a power vacuum – isn’t there thepossibility of unrest?AS: There’s a possibility of unrest, unfortunately, butnot so much from the inside forces as from outside forces. The armyhas given full support for Mr. Maduro and Mr. Maduro is a likedperson with Venezuelan public opinion. The problem is that we allknow too well that the United States and other Western powers havedeveloped the engineering of social unrest and even civil war inother countries as part of their global war effort. We’ve seen thatin Libya, we’ve seen that in the Arab Spring, we are seeing thatright now in Syria. So if American forces were to decide to reallywhip up social unrest, even civil war in Venezuela, well, they haveall the means to do that. And two American Air Force officers werethrown out of Venezuela only today because of the fact that theywere already starting to conspire against the ongoing government inVenezuela, especially at a difficult time as this.RT: What about a successor – manyhave said the New Bolivarian Revolution was held together only byChavez’s charisma – will Maduro be able to fill thoseshoes?AS: I tremble to think, because the United States isdefinitely trying to make very, very strong inroads throughoutSouth America. Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela was the main country reallyopposing American interventionism, because the other two countriesare Bolivia and Ecuador which are much weaker. And even my owncountry of Argentina has a double standard, so to speak. Theysometimes are for the global power elite, sometimes they makebelieve the Kirchner government goes against it.So I think America will now double its efforts and it will joinforces with the countries that it already has under its way -Mexico with Pena Nieto, Colombia with President Santos even Chilewith President Pinera, who are all pro-UK and pro-US, so I think weare going to see a geopolitical battle being waged in the Northernpart of South America, around Venezuela. And it will be a verytough one, a very difficult one, and one that not only holds forthe future of Venezuela, but for the future of the entire LatinAmerican continent.