Venezuelan VP Nicolás Maduro returns from Cuba
Maduro confirmed that he was in Havana with National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello and other members of the executive cabinet
In his first statement after arriving from Havana, Maduro said he was in Cuba with "Diosdado Cabello, the Speaker of the National Assembly and also first vice-president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), who along with Rafael Ramírez, the Minister of Energy and Mines; Adán Chávez, the governor of Barinas state; Cilia Flores, the Solicitor General of the Republic; and Jorge Arreaza, the Minister of Science and Technology, spent the last hours accompanying President Hugo Chávez."
Maduro arrived in Venezuela from Cuba, where he visited President Chávez, who is recovering after a surgery for cancer performed December 11.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.