US: Venezuelans are to decide how the transition will take place
The United States called for respect for the Venezuelan the Constitution in the event of an indefinite absence of the Venezuelan president
"We've obviously seen the press reports about his return," the spokesperson of the US Department of State underscored, following Chávez announcement on Twitter about his surprising return to Venezuela, which took place 10 weeks after undergoing a cancer surgery in Cuba on December 11.
"It's obviously a matter for Venezuelans to decide how the transition is going to take place. As you know, there was an election, but there hasn't been a swearing-in. Should President Chávez become permanently unavailable to serve, our understanding is that the Venezuelan Constitution requires that there be an election to elect a new president," the spokesperson remarked.
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.