Venezuela Army Issues Assurances about Stability

A follow-up to my previous post on Venezuela via the BBC:  Venezuela ‘is calm’ after Hugo Chavez cancer surgery

Venezuela’s army has dismissed concerns about political instability in the country after President Hugo Chavez’s admission that he had cancer surgery.

"The country is calm," the army chief, Gen Henry Rangel Silva, said.

It strikes me as likely that the country is, in fact, calm and that at the moment instability is not a threat.

Still, it I never a good thing when the head of the army has to issue assurances about domestic tranquility.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter