Essay about Venezuela's Center of Gravity Analysis
The United States cannot ignore the power and influence of the Venezuelan Executive Office within its political system. The political structure and associations established by President Chávez and continued under Maduro carry substantive linkages to the dominant political parties (nodes) of Venezuela (add info and use high source). To win the presidential election in 1998, Chávez, aligned his own Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) party, the Homeland For All (PPT) party and Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party into the combined Patriotic Pole (PP) party. With Maduro now firmly in control of these organizations, he wields tremendous authority within Venezuela’s most powerful and influential political parties, which allows for substantial control of the legislative branch as well.
To further entrench the seat of absolute authority within the Executive Office, Chávez set up a constitutional assembly (Asamblea Nacional, AN) by way of a public referendum in 1999. After the ratification, Chávez called for an election to vote the constitutional assembly members (his supporters) into positions of power throughout the government. These political alterations established significant linkages between all branches (systems/nodes) of the government, the unicameral AN, the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, and