Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:20 PM
Zorro (5,387 posts)
Venezuelan VP heads to Cuba to visit ailing Chavez
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday night that he was traveling to Cuba to visit President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Havana.
Maduro said during the inauguration of a state governor that he and other government officials would fly to Cuba late Friday. He did not specify how long he would be away but said Energy Minister Hector Navarro would be in charge of government affairs in the meantime.
Maduro's trip comes amid growing uncertainty about Chavez's health.
The Venezuelan leader has not been seen or heard from since undergoing his fourth cancer-related surgery Dec. 11, and government officials have said he might not return in time for his scheduled Jan. 10 inauguration for a new six-year term. There have been no updates on Chavez's condition since Maduro announced Monday night that he had received a phone call from the president who was up and walking.
Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelan-vp-heads-cuba-visit-ailing-chavez-003628083.html
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Response to bitchkitty (Reply #3)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:48 PM
Purveyor (22,855 posts)
7. Actually I am seriously concerned he could have been poisoned as has happened in the past
to some foreign leaders. Hell they dug up Arafats body just recently to check for radioactive poisoning.
Sorry you took it the wrong way.
Response to Purveyor (Reply #7)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 02:48 PM
Judi Lynn (92,556 posts)
9. Have been reading for years about Nixon's Pinochet's poisoning former Pres. Eduardo Frei.
For years, the public passively accepted the "news" he had died of complications after surgery until more people kept pressing for better investigation.
From the Guardian:
Response to bitchkitty (Reply #18)
Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:42 PM
MADem (110,049 posts)
21. His VP made the trip, so I didn't have to. Here ya go, some light reading....
This report is from today:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has suffered "new complications" after a cancer operation in Cuba, his vice-president has said.
In a televised address from Cuba, Nicolas Maduro said Mr Chavez continued to be in a "delicate state".
CARACAS | Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:00pm EST
(Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering further complications linked to a respiratory infection that hit him after his fourth cancer operation in Cuba, his vice president said in a somber broadcast on Sunday.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro flew to Cuba to visit Chavez in the hospital as supporters' fears grow for the ailing 58-year-old socialist leader, who has not been seen in public nor heard from in three weeks.
Chavez had already suffered unexpected bleeding caused by the six-hour operation on December 11 for an undisclosed form of cancer in his pelvic area, and officials say doctors then had to fight a respiratory infection.
His great friends in Russia have given him up for dead--this is PRAVDA talking, here: http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/17-12-2012/123202-russia_venezuela_chavez-0/
Hugo Chavez is unlikely to be able to return to his job as the president of Venezuela. The Venezuelan leader has been seriously ill for several years. In July 2011, it was announced that he had a malignant tumor. In May of this year, it was said that Cahvez had metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma - a type of muscle tissue cancer. Chavez has received several courses of treatment, but they have not brought the desired results. According to latest forecasts from his doctor, Jose Rafael Marquina, the president has a few months left. The doctor even unveiled the approximate date: Chavez may pass away in April 2013.
Even his pals in Iran are writing the obituary: http://tehrantimes.com/opinion/104485-venezuela-after-chavez
As Chavezís close confidant, Maduro has taken charge of many presidential duties over the past few years. His conduct and method of leadership is a carbon copy of the presidentís, albeit with a difference, since Maduro does not have his mentorís flair for mobilizing the masses. Chavezís charismatic personality and his ability to win over millions of Venezuelans through his rhetoric are regarded as the main pillars of his popularity among the people. Maduro should look for similar tools and methods to win the votes of the Chavez supporters. Otherwise, it will not be difficult for the opposition to push him out of office.
And not ONE propaganda picture of the fellah smiling in a tracksuit from the hospital.
Even the most sanguine interpretation of these reports suggests a dire situation, at a minimum.
Response to Zorro (Reply #6)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 02:30 PM
JackRiddler (22,168 posts)
8. Nothing personal about it - I don't know you.
Your posts (like on the bogus Chavez death rumor threads of months ago) have made your extreme hostility to Chavez clear. It's no suprise when you throw in that he's already dead.
Response to JackRiddler (Reply #8)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 02:53 PM
Judi Lynn (92,556 posts)
10. Same kind of people have also insisted at various times that Fidel Castro died.
This has been going on for decades with former President Castro.
I guess time wears very heavy on the minds of those who yearn for Latin America to be handed back to the right-wing, US-serving, racist, greedy, amoral, pretentious Latin American oligarchs.
Response to Zorro (Reply #11)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:33 PM
Judi Lynn (92,556 posts)
12. Could be he wanted to pick up the money he loaned him before his spirit flies
to what right-wingers view as a dictator's paradise. But wait, all the degenerate murderers, torturers, death squad members, SOA grads, hastily departed, despised (rightfully so) dictators who moved there have been RIGHT-WINGERS. He'd feel so out of place!
Maybe Hugo Chavez shouldn't die, after all. His country wants him back.