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
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.