Venezuelan ambassador fingers Panamanian counterpart of meddling
Roy Chaderton rebutted the remarks of the Panamanian ambassador, who expressed reservations about the decision made by Venezuelan government branches concerning the inauguration of President Hugo Chávez
"As a politician familiar with tricks, arrangements and interests, I must confess that I would rather argue with the owner of the circus instead of the most flamboyant and funny presenter, yet the owner of the circus is too smart and prefers others to be the spokespersons of his interests," Chaderton replied to Cochez. Earlier, the Panamanian ambassador had expressed doubts about the lawfulness of the decisions made by Venezuelan government branches regarding the inauguration of President Hugo Chávez, AVN quoted.
He added that, as a diplomat, "even out of professional deformation," he refrains himself from expressing his view of the internal affairs of foreign countries, "unless in response to meddling."
"Even at this stage, Mr. Ambassador of Panama, I refuse to admit that your onslaught on my country and my government, as well as your venomous and miserable comments on President (Hugo) Chávez's health, who, incidentally, you expect him to be dead, are made under your government orders," he said when taking the floor.
Last January 10, OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza declared that the organization "fully respects, as it could not be otherwise, the decision made by Venezuela's constitutional powers with regard to the inauguration of the president of that country," based on a judgment from the Supreme Tribunal of Justice.
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.