Venezuelan officials say Chávez signed documents and made decisions
A decision to incorporate two exploration areas to joint venture Petrocabimas was approved
For his part, Venezuela's Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro provided no information about the decisions made by President Chávez. "He (Cabello) still has to announce several decisions that the leader of the revolution, the constitutional president of Venezuela, has made."
Notwithstanding, Maduro explained that Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez submitted to Chávez some terms and conditions concerning the areas that were intended to be incorporated to joint venture Petrocabimas, comprised by Tía Juana Tierra and exploration areas east and south Cabimas (northwestwern Zulia state)."
Later on, the vice-president asked cameramen to zoom in on Chávez's signatura, which appeared on the document submitted by Ramírez.
As the cameras showed the president's signatura, Maduro remarked, "Let the evil minority burn."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.