Saturday, December 15, 2012

Statement From Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro

Havana. December 13, 2012

Statement from Venezuelan Vice President
Nicolás Maduro

President Chávez is confronting a complicated and difficult post-operative phase

CARACAS, December 12.—The post-operative recuperation process of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez "is going to be complicated and difficult," affirmed Vice President Nicolás Maduro today.

Speaking on a national radio and television network, Maduro stated that Vice President Rafael Ramírez and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello returned to Caracas from Cuba in the early hours of December 12.

"We were talking until dawn about the details of President Chávez’ operation," he said.

Delegated by the country’s political command, Jorge Arreaza (Minister of Science and Technology) and Cilia Flores (Attorney General) remained in Havana, always "alongside Comandante Fidel Castro Ruz and Army General and President of Cuba Raúl Castro Ruz, attending to the situation of President Chávez."

"The operation was complicated, difficult, delicate, which tells us that the post-operative process is also going to be complicated and difficult," the Vice President stated.

"We shall be in regular contact with the medical teams, always with the objectivity which must guide the management of this situation," he added.

In this context, Maduro recalled that, before traveling to Cuba, Chávez called on the people "to be serenely prepared to confront these hard, complicated and difficult days which it has befallen us to experience, and they can only be confronted with the unity of the people, the political and social forces of the revolution, and men and women in the street."

At the same time, he urged the opposition sector, a small minority, but as poisonous as it is small, to call a halt to its speculations, lies and constant hatred, while thanking opponents who have made sincere gestures.

In reference to the December 16 elections, Maduro affirmed, "We are more united than ever, spiritually and politically, in loyalty to Chávez and our people."


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