VP: Tracheal cannula does not prevent Chávez from communicating
The vice-president asserted that Venezuela's Hugo Chávez "relies on his loyal people"
Maduro remarked that "the very first 40-45 days, the day of the surgery, and the following days were been quite difficult" for the Venezuelan leader, who has been following a highly complex treatment.
The vice-minister reaffirmed that the Venezuelan head of state has issued orders even though he is convalescent. According to Maduro, the tracheal cannula Chávez is using does not prevent the leader from communicating. He also stressed that in Venezuela there is a legitimate Government led by Chávez.
Maduro underscored there are certain aspects that allow the president to continue to be in command: firstly, his condition of "legitimate leader of the revolution;" secondly, the fact that he is surrounded by "a group of men and women subordinated to his leadership;" and, finally, that the president "relies on his loyal people."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.