Chávez has cancer again; nominates VP for presidency if unable to rule
The Venezuelan president announced that he is to undergo a new cancer surgery. Therefore, he is returning to Havana, Cuba. In a mandatory nationwide radio and television broadcast he signed a letter requesting authorization from the National Assembly to leave Venezuela. He nominated Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, who is now the acting president, as the candidate to the presidency in the event that he is unable to end his current term in office
In a mandatory nationwide radio and television broadcast, Chávez asked Venezuelans to vote Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan Executive Vice-President and Foreign Minister, in the event that he is unable to end his term in office or take office next January 10 for his new term (2013-2019). In such a scenario, a new presidential election has to be held, as provided for under the Venezuelan Constitution.
Chávez announced that he is traveling to Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, for a new cancer surgery. He explained that during his recent stay in the Caribbean island, where he received hyperbaric oxygen treatment, a number of tests were run. Such tests determined the recurrence of a cancer first diagnosed in mid-2010.
During his speech, Chávez signed a letter requesting authorization from the National Assembly to leave Venezuela for more than five days in order to receive medical treatment.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.