Vice President (Nicolas) Maduro estimates that the time it could take President Chavez to return is within weeks. But we haven’t wanted to fix an exact timeframe for the president’s recuperation.
Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas • Speaking on the health of re-elected, yet still not inaugurated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. For weeks, the state of Chavez’s poor health (he’s been undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, and has not been seen in public since December) has become a hotly contested political issue. Today, Villegas announced that Chavez had bested a respiratory ailment, and read a government statement claiming his “general evolution is favorable.” source
The commander president wants us to inform that, based on his medical team’s recommendations, the post-operative recovery should extend past January 10. As a result, he will not be able to be present at the National Assembly on that date.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro • From a letter read to the legislature today, regarding the ailing health of President Hugo Chavez. Chavez hasn’t been seen or heard from since mid-December, when he was in Havana, Cuba for cancer treatment, and his political opposition has decried both the lack of transparency as to his health, with rumors flying as to how dire, and challenged the constitutionality of postponing the inauguration. source
The official version (of Chavez’s health) hides more information than it gives. The vice president himself has promised to tell the truth, whatever it is. Fine, he should tell it. He should tell the whole truth.
Ramon Avelado, head of Venezuela’s opposition Democratic Unity coalition • Insisting, in a press conference, that more information should be made public regarding the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez, 58, admittedly publicly to his cancer diagnosis in June 2011, but no information has been revealed as to its location, or if the disease has spread. He hasn’t been seen in public since December 11th in Havana, Cuba, where he’s undergoing treatment — a report by a conservative Spanish newspaper suggesting he was close to death today prompted a furious defense and denial by the Venezuelan Vice President. source