President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, the government announced, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis that grew more acute as he languished for weeks, silent and out of sight in hospitals in Havana and Caracas. [New York Times]

THE CONSTITUTION of Venezuela calls for an election in 30 days. But according to reports that interpretation is up for discussion.

The country’s divisions are sure to spill out into the void left by the passing of Chávez.