Ecuador's Correa: President Chávez is going through a hard treatment
Although the Ecuadorian head of state refused to forecast any scenario without Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, he stated that in the event that Chávez fails to resume office, "Vice-President (Nicolás) Maduro is absolutely capable" of taking his place
Chávez came back to Venezuela on Monday after being convalescent in Cuba for more than two months. The leader has not been seen in public, except in a few pictures published last Friday, since he left for Cuba last December to have his fourth cancer surgery.
On Wednesday, Correa revealed that he spoke with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro in order to coordinate a visit to Venezuela in the coming days.
Although the Ecuadorian head of state refused to forecast any scenario without Chávez, he stated that in the event that Chávez fails to resume office, "Vice-President (Nicolás) Maduro is absolutely capable" to take his place.
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.