By former Panamanian Ambassador to the OAS, Guillermo Cochez, in El Pais:
Cuba's penetration of the land of Bolivar has been very intense and coordinated. There is not a fundamental strategic area that is not dominated by the Cuban apparatus, particularly at the military level, where they control everything that the Venezuelan military command does and does not do, and which prevents any attempts at revolt.
I've been told by a knowledgeable source that, upon Fidel's death, those who govern Cuba today need Venezuela to be a refuge for when they are displaced from power. Thus, regardless of electoral results, the Cubans intend to continue exerting control over the country.
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