US expects troubles to sort out under the Constitution
Roberta S. Jacobson: "We would like the situation in Venezuela to clarify"
The United States and Latin American nations want "the situation to be dispelled" in Venezuela, said US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson.
"It is a difficult period for Venezuelans," Jacobson replied when queried about the uncertainty prevailing in Venezuela as a result of the disease of President Hugo Chávez. She said once again that the US government quite a few times has reposed hope in the president's getting well, Efe cited.
The US government officer explained that she contacted "many" of her Latin American colleagues over the past few weeks to speak about the state of affairs in Venezuela.
"All of us want the situation in Venezuela to clarify," she said, adding that if the Venezuelan Constitution provides for "new election," she expects it to be "open to everyone."
In this regard, she advocated the resolution of problems in Venezuela under the Venezuelan Constitution and democratic legal instruments.
President Chávez remains in hospital in Havana following a fourth surgery last December 11 to treat his cancer. His health condition prevented him from taking office last January 10, as scheduled, after being reelected in the last presidential election.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.