CARACAS, Monday January 07, 2013 | Update
CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH | He is treated for a respiratory failure

President Chávez continues in stable condition

"The treatment is being applied on an ongoing and strict basis and the patient is assimilating it," said Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas, who said the Venezuelan president is receiving treatment for a "lung infection that occurred in the post-operative stage"

"The government is committed to keep people informed," said Minister Villegas (Photo: AVN)
Monday January 07, 2013  10:35 PM
Ernesto Villegas, the Minister of Communication and Information, reported late on Monday on an obligatory radio and television broadcast that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez "is in stable condition compared to the situation described in the latest report, when it was informed that Commander Chávez faced a respiratory failure as a result of a lung infection that occurred in the post-operative stage."

Villegas insisted that after the operation for cancer performed on December 11, the Bolivarian Government has mantained ongoing contact with the medical staff treating Chávez and his relatives accompanying him in his post-operative phase in Havana, Cuba.

"The treatment is being applied on an ongoing and strict basis and the patient is assimilating it," said Villegas. He insisted that the Government remains "committed to keeping people informed about the health of Venezuelan president."
Is protest over?

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.

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