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REDACTED Page 83 of 190 April 2013, Nicolás Maduro said that a new era was beginning for the Bolivarian revolution. He stated: “I am the first Chavista president after Hugo Chávez and I am going to fulfill in full his legacy (…).”344 He has even claimed that he received advice from Chávez’s ghost after his death.345 Since he has been in power, Maduro did not change the existing structure of the state where the Presidency acts as the organ of supreme authority holding de-facto control over the other organs of the state including the legislature, the national security forces and the judiciary. On the contrary, he further consolidated and expanded the Presidency’s control over the state apparatus. The current structure of the state will be further explored to illustrate the scope of the de facto supremacy of the Presidency over the whole state apparatus. The GoV is a state organization structured in five main branches (the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, the citizen power and the electoral branch) that head the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under the Constitution of 1999.. Although the Constitution formally adopts the principle of separation of powers, the movement that supports the process of transformation. We've lost our extraordinary leader, but his project – built collectively by workers, farmers, women, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and the young – is more alive than ever.” See: MADURO, N. (2013) Under my presidency, Chávez's revolution will continue. The Guardian. [Online] 12 April. Available from: continue [Accessed 28 August, 2015]; The op-ed, with the same title was published in Spanish at Maduro's official web-site. See: MADURO, N. (2013) Bajo mi presidencia la revolución de Chávez continuará (The Guardian) por Nicolás Maduro. Nicolás Maduro. [Online] 13 April. Available from: http://www.Nicolá the-guardian-por-Nicolas-maduro/#.VeEJe7QSNd1 [Accessed 28 August, 2015]; At the G-77 in 2014, he stated that "Venezuela va a seguir por el camino de ese profeta inmenso que tuvo Sudamérica, llamado Hugo Chávez.” See: LAVANGARDIA. (2014) Maduro agradece apoyo de G77 y dice que continuará por la ruta de Chávez. Lavanguardia. [Online] 15 June. Available from: dice-que-continuara-por-la-ruta-de-Chávez.html [Accessed 28 August, 2015]; EL MERCURIO. (2014) Maduro agradece el apoyo del G77 y asegura que continuará por la ruta de Chávez. El Mercurio. [Online] 15 June. Available from: g77-y-dice-que-continuara-por-la-ruta-de-Chávez.html [Accessed 28 August, 2015]; FOX NEWS. (2014) Maduro agradece apoyo de G77 y dice que continuará por la ruta de Chávez. Fox News Latino. [Online] 15 June. Available from: agradece-apoyo-de-g77-y-dice-que-continuara-por-la-ruta-de-Chávez/ [Accessed 28 August, 2015] 344 DEVEREUX, C. and PONS, C.R. (2013) Maduro Proclaimed Venezuela President as Rival Vows Protests. Bloomberg. [Online] 15 April. Available from: presidency-to-continue-legacy [Accessed 28 August, 2015]; WATKINS, T. and SHOICHET, C.E. (2014) Venezuelan President Maduro to CNN: U.S. would respond the way I did. CNN. [Online] 7 March. Available from: amanpour-interview/ [Accessed 28 August, 2015] 345 WILSON, P. (2014) A Revolution in Green

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