Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:29 AM
Zorro (6,617 posts)
Venezuela's opposition demands "whole truth" about Chavez health
Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba.
Officials have acknowledged the usually garrulous former soldier's health is delicate after his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, but they have offered scant details on his condition.
He has not spoken in public in more than three weeks.
Ramon Aveledo, head of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition, slammed the government for not keeping its word about keeping Venezuelans informed.
More at: http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelas-opposition-demands-whole-truth-chavez-health-194625384.html
Interesting that the article mentions Diosdado Cabello and the upcoming legislation election. Could be an interesting face-off with Maduro on who will lead the post-Hugo revolution.
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Venezuela's opposition demands "whole truth" about Chavez health (Original post)
Response to Demeter (Reply #1)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:08 AM
Bacchus4.0 (6,318 posts)
2. the government doesn't want to give them the truth
the Chavistas and Cuba want his death or incapacitation to be announced when it is favorable to them.
Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #2)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:09 AM
Demeter (85,373 posts)
3. The truth is that his condition is in flux
NOBODY really believes that Chavez is dead. They just wish it were so. And they are more than willing to call him incapacitated, without any evidence, just so they can snatch power and undo all the good Chavez has done for his people.
Comforting the afflicted, and afflicting the comfortable....that's not just Christianity, or socialism. That's the purpose of society. Anything else is slavery of the 99%. And remember, you and I and all the people we know are that 99%.
Response to Demeter (Reply #3)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:28 AM
Bacchus4.0 (6,318 posts)
4. the government could provide evidence of his recovery
or, conversely, declare that he is unable to continue serving as president. Right now all they are doing is lying, covering up, while trying to sort out who will replace him, and throw Cuba into the mix who desperately needs to have the energy subsidies going their way.
The opposition would not "snatch" power. There would be elections. My understanding is that polls show an advantage for Capriles over Maduro or Diosdado (God-given Hair) Cabello. However, whoever is the chavista candidate will benefit from the sympathy vote.
Anyway, the next Venezuelan president will not have an easy time of it as the currency will be devalued more than likely soon, financial reserves are down, and inflation will likely only get worse. and those aren't even the worse problems considering the level of violence and corruption.
If Capriles would happen to be elected, the country would be ungovernable in the near term given the entrenched corrupt chavista apparatus.