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.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.