Top Court: No changes in the Government upon Chávez's return
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro will continue leading the Executive Office
Indeed, sources of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) stated that Chávez's post-surgery complications have not ended. Such problems led to the Ruling 2 of the Constitutional Court, dated January 9, under which Chávez and his ministers were allowed to remain in office, even though the president was not sworn in on January 10.
When asked about the issue, top judges replied that Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro may continue leading the Executive Office, taking steps in the economic and administrative fields, just as much as he has done it in recent weeks, within the framework of the authority vested upon him by Chávez last December.
For his part, university professor Luis Herrera Orellana remarked, "In the light of the decision of the TSJ, the current status (a president exercising his authority without being inaugurated) may continue indefinitely and with no rush, as the TSJ gave consent, with suspicious legal arguments, to the principle of administrative continuity."
A TSJ source claimed that the only change emerging upon Chávez's return to Venezuela "is that the permission granted by the National Assembly to be absent from the country for more than five days has ended."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.