Caracas(Venezuela) (Agencies): Expressing confidence over his allies to take the reins of his "Bolivarian Revolution" if he died or decided to step down, President Hugo Chavez has said that he has no intention of ceasing his efforts to make Venezuela a socialist country.

"There's no end here, this is going to continue," said Chavez on Sunday. He was referring to the political movement he named after 19th-century independence hero Simon Bolivar.

Chavez, a former paratroop commander who was first elected in 1998, said his close confidants would continue his efforts to steer the South American country toward socialism if he were to die or retire from politics.

"I don't fear death," Chavez said during an interview broadcast on the local Televen television channel, adding that he believed a younger generation of revolutionary-minded
allies would persevere in Venezuela's ongoing political tug-of-war.

His critics ranging who range from opposition leaders to representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have been claiming that Chavez poses a threat to Venezuela's democracy by aspiring to cling to power for decades to come.

Chavez ridiculed some of his most outspoken critics for comparing him to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down and turned over the government to the Egyptian military last week.

"I laugh when some sagacious analysts from Venezuela's opposition compare my government with that of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. That was a dictatorship," he said.

He further pledged to win Venezuela's next presidential election in 2012.

"If they don't kill me or if some kind of catastrophe does not occur, I'm sure — there will be much work to be done — that I'll be re-elected for six more years," he said.

Opposition lawmaker Alfredo Ramos said that a coalition of opposition parties has decided to choose a contender for next year's vote through a primary, which will be held at the end of this year or in early 2012.
Chavez remains Venezuela's most popular politician despite his administration's failure to resolve pressing problems: a severe shortage of housing for the poor, widespread violent crime, economic stagnation, and Latin America's highest inflation rate.