Nicolás Maduro arrives in Havana to visit Chávez
As he announced on Friday night, from Nueva Esparta state, northeast Venezuela, the Executive Vice-President and Foreign Minister is meeting with Hugo Chávez to ascertain his health condition, convey the greetings and good wishes of thousands of Venezuelans who await his recovery, and hold a working meeting with some cabinet members
Just after 3:00 am on Saturday, Venezuelan official media reported on the arrival in Havana, Cuba, of Executive Vice-President and Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, who traveled to the island to visit President Hugo Chávez and also to convey the good wishes of Venezuelans who await his recovery.
State-run television channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) informed that Maduro "arrived at José Martí Airport in Havana, accompanied by a delegation of the Bolivarian Government." Multi-state television network Telesur correspondent in Cuba Fabiola López said "Maduro was welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, among other government officials of the island."
On Friday night, Maduro reported that he was leaving for Havana, Cuba, to visit President Chávez, who is recovering from a surgery some weeks ago.
"I will depart for Havana, Cuba, to visit Commander Chávez along with a team of the Bolivarian government," he advised during the sworn-in ceremony of Carlos Mata Figueroa, the new Nueva Esparta state governor. The event was aired by state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión, state-owned news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) quoted.
Maduro said that Minister of Electric Power Héctor Navarro will be the second in command in his absence.
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.