Congress authorizes Chávez to stay in Cuba for as long as necessary
National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello said that January 10 is not a date set in stone for the inauguration of the Venezuelan president
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Cabello said that "for some people" January 10 is a date set in stone for the presidential inauguration. However, he stressed that this is not the first time that the Venezuelan president is sworn in on a different date than that provided for in the Constitution. He reminded that in 2000, the Head of State was sworn in on August 19.
Further, he argued that some sectors opposed to Chávez's government "find this moment politically convenient." He added that democratic institutions are operational in Venezuela, but in his view, "the opposition is the only thing that does not work."
On the other hand, he said the unity within Chavezism is unwavering. "The day anything happens, Nicolás (Maduro, the Venezuelan Executive Vice-President) and I will be here together. I do not know if you (the opposition) are going to be together," he said.
"They shall not pass! They shall not come back!" Cabello said referring to Venezuelan dissenters.
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.