Speaking to the BBC, Carnegie’s Moisés Naím discusses Venezuela’s deeply divided sentiments toward President Hugo Chávez. Whether Chávez is disliked or adored, Naím explained, the oil-exporting nation is suffering from a slew of economic challenges, including a shortage of staples such as milk and sugar; double-digit inflation; and the world’s second largest fiscal deficit. Before leaving for Cuba to receive treatment for an unspecified cancer, Chávez anointed Vice President Nicolás Maduro as his successor, and urged Venezuelans to elect Maduro should he not return, added Naím.