Venezuelan VP to Chávez: we will be loyal even after life
Authorities would not disclose the date when the Venezuelan Head of State would undergo surgery
However, in none of the rallies, Maduro, who is also the foreign minister, provided information about the surgery that Chávez will undergo to remove a third malignant tumor. However, on Monday, sources said that the Venezuelan leader underwent surgery soon after his arrival in Havana, in view of his delicate health conditions.
During the rallies, the vice-president recalled the achievements gained during Chávez's administration, yet he did not reveal when the leader will undergo surgery, who will be his surgeons, or the consequences involved. He only urged people to pray the Our Father with him and pray for Chávez health recovery.
Although former Vice-President Elías Jaua was also present during the rallies, he did not provide any information about Chávez surgery either.
"When President Chávez uttered such words on Saturday and said he was lucky to be accompanied by all of us, we had this feeling...it is true. Chávez has a people. Even after life, we will be loyal to Hugo Chávez. Another election is not at stake right now. In this election and in every election, the homeland is at stake, the future," Maduro remarked with tears in his eyes and his voice broken.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.