Maduro insists that Chávez's condition is stable
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro rejected recent comments and reports that President Hugo Chávez had died. Venezuela "demands respect," he said
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In this way, Vice-President Nicolás Maduro described late on Friday the condition of President Chávez, who underwent a fourth operation in Havana earlier this month as part of his cancer treatment. Maduro rejected the fact that speculation has been used to ignite anxiety about the health of President Chávez.
The Venezuelan VP called upon the international press to respect and handle with discretion Chávez's health condition, who is recovering from a surgery performed in Havana, Cuba.
"We have lived difficult and complex days. Fortunately the news we receive from Havana every day are very encouraging about the gradual recovery of Commander Hugo Chávez. He is strengthening," Maduro said, as quoted by Efe.
He described as "filthy" the media reports about the alleged death of Chávez.
"Venezuela demands respect (...) Stop lying; stop it, please. Respect his family (...) and the people of Venezuela," he said.
Maduro stressed that Chávez is in full exercise of his duties and undergoing a medical treatment. He remarked that the path of the revolution was outlined by Chávez
Maduro's remarks came at the inauguration of José Gregorio Vielma Mora as governor of Táchira state, southwest Venezuela.
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.