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Hugo Chavez's long sick leave in Cuba has created serious obstacles for the Venezuelan military, which looks to the ailing president for hands-on leadership as its commander-in-chief, analysts say. Chavez, 58, is a soldier by training and during his 14 years in power has transformed the once symbolic role into one with direct operational control.

Photo by AFP Jan 25, 2013

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