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.
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.