Snapshot: Chavez’s designated successor

FILE .- In this Oct. 17, 2006 file photo Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, left, talks with his then Foreign Minister and current Vice-President Nicolas Maduro during a meeting with Chinese businessmen at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez is to return to Cuba Sunday for another surgery in his battle against cancer, which has led him to speak publicly of a successor for the first time. Chavez said Saturday that if there are "circumstances that prevent me from exercising the presidency further" Vice-President Nicolas Maduro should replace him for the remainder of his term. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)The man President Hugo Chavez wants to succeed him is an intensely loyal 50-year-old former bus driver who has long served as the international face of Venezuela whenever the socialist president wasn't soaking up the limelight himself. USA, LLC