Professor Gomez discusses the future of Venezuelan politics during the March 8 panel discussion
Manuel Gomez, associate professor at the Florida International University College of Law, took part in discussing the future of Venezuelan politics during the March 8 panel discussion “Venezuela after Chavez: Initial Reactions and a Forecast of What’s to Come.” Professors from the Department of Politics and International Relations Astrid Arraras, Barry Levit, and Jose Miguel Cruz were also panelists.
The panel discussion, moderated by Eduardo Gamarra, professor of politics and international relations, revolved around President Chavez as a symbol of the revolution, and the constitutionality of swearing in Vice President Nicolás Maduro Moros as interim President of Venezuela
Panelists discussed the symbolism behind Maduro’s swearing in ceremony by the military army. “It is important that he is sworn in that building. It symbolizes success for the military,” said panelist Astrid Arraras, “It is sending a message to the military that he is now their leader.”