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."
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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