VP Maduro claims that President Chávez "clings to Christ and life"
The senior officer said that President Hugo Chávez is optimistic and confident of his treatment
"As you know, our president commander is fighting a complex, tough battle, but with a tremendous mood," Maduro said.
"I am very optimistic and fully confident of the treatments undergone; we will win this one again; I cling to Christ and life,' he told us with strength of spirit before bidding farewell the day (Executive Vice-President) Elías (Jaua) and I were leaving for Chile," the vice-president related.
Maduro noted as well that the president "is fully informed" about "the battle staged by our people and armed forces" against "ambushes."
Recognition at Celac
Vice-President Maduro expressed his satisfaction and claimed to be proud of the "recognition" voiced by several Latin American and European leaders of "the binding action" pioneered by President Chávez.
"In the discussions at Celac, virtually all ministers and prime ministers acknowledged the role played by President Hugo Chávez, who paved the way –under his binding leadership, wittiness and perseverance- to the establishment in Venezuela of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States one year and two months ago."
"Sooner than later, we will have the commander back; take note of that; that is written down in the history," Maduro admonished.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.