Venezuelan gov't admits that Chávez still has trouble breathing
Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas read the latest report on the health condition of President Hugo Chávez from Santiago de Chile, where he is attending the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac)
The information was provided by Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas, who on Saturday read the latest report on Chávez's health from the city of Santiago de Chile (Chile), where he is accompanying Vice-President Nicolás Maduro and Foreign Minister Elías Jaua at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) and the first Celac-EU Summit.
In his statement, which was read in a mandatory radio and television broadcast, Villegas also said that Chávez is receiving again treatments against what he called the "basic disease," that is cancer. However, he would not disclose the treatments.
The official noted that President Chávez, to the extent permitted by his convalescence, is addressing government affairs, such as "reading documents" and holding meetings with "government leaders." However, Villegas would not say whether Chávez can return to Venezuela in the near future for his swearing-in and resuming his duties.
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.