High court president dismisses request for a medical board
The president of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice told state-run TV channel VTV that President Hugo Chávez has the right to his privacy
"We have standing information about the health condition of the Venezuelan president," Luisa Estella Morales, the president of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), told state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) on Monday evening during an interview.
She also said that the judiciary does not deem it necessary to send a medical board to Cuba to assess the health condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, as there is ongoing information on his recovery.
The senior government authority stressed that the president has the right to his privacy. Nevertheless, "all the institutions are fully informed," state-run news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) cited.
Morales commented as well that the seven magistrates of the TSJ Constitutional Court tackled Article 231 of the Venezuelan Constitution and resolved the judgment, under which President Chávez may be sworn in as soon as the unexpected event ends.
At first she agreed that I use her real name, that she had no problems with that at all. After all, living with HIV had driven her to help others – as a workshop facilitator giving talks and conducting seminars, or as a volunteer for local AIDS Service Organizations like Acción Solidaria (Solidary Action) and Mujeres Unidas por la Salud (Women United for Health, or Musa), a support group network for HIV-positive women. But when we were well into the interview, the realization that she might lose her private health insurance coverage made her change her mind.