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Analysis: Trio of Chavez protégés hold key to Venezuela's future

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) arrives with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) arrives with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) arrives with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuela's Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez walks during arrival of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the airport in Brasilia July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Venezuela's Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez walks during arrival of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the airport in Brasilia July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Venezuela's Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez walks during arrival of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the airport in Brasilia July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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