Minister: Chávez is grateful for prayers for his health; calls to vote
According to Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza, the Venezuelan president has started to communicate and has been monitoring the progress of Sunday regional election
Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza on Sunday reported that President Hugo Chávez has progressively overcome the complications he had during his cancer operation last December 11. He said the Venezuelan president started to communicate and has been monitoring the progress of Sunday regional election.
During a telephone conversation with Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas, Arreaza explained that the Head of State has received reports from the electoral security and protection operation Plan República and the National Government in connection with the regional elections. Arreaza said Chávez urged Venezuelans to cast their ballot.
Furthermore, the Minister of Science and Technology reported that Chávez "thanked his people and the peoples of the world for so many prayers for his health."
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.