Cubans fear crisis due to Chávez's health condition
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina expressed his support to his Venezuelan counterpart
"Today Venezuela resembles what the Soviet Union was for many years until 1990. The only difference is that if (Venezuelan) aid is cut off, the consequences will be devastating because Cuban infrastructure is currently in worse conditions," Cuban opposition economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe told AFP.
"At the international market price, how could Cuba pay for the 100,000 oil barrels per day" it imports from Venezuela, Espinosa Chepe wondered.
For his part, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina expressed his support to his Venezuelan counterpart and prayed for Chávez's health.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.