According to a press announcement the Venezuelan government made on Christmas Eve, President Hugo Chávez’s health keeps improving and he is now “up walking and exercising” two weeks after undergoing a complicated surgery, which threatened to remove him from power.
In Venezuelan Communications Minister Ernesto Villega’s announcement yesterday, he said doctors mean Chávez has “experienced a slight improvement with a progressive tendency after a complicated surgery”.
Vice President Nicolás Maduro participated yesterday in a mass at the church of San Jose, where he prayed for the health of Chávez and that he returns to Venezuela soon.
The vice president said that the president “goes conquering from battle to battle, victory by victory”, referring to the improving health of the hospitalised Chávez.
The official started his speech by saying “we have received the best Christmas present we could get: a call from President Chávez.” Maduro could confirm after having talked to the president on the phone that “he was in good spirit and even gave instructions to the railway ministry”. Maduro also said “Chávez is up walking as part of the recovery process,” and added: “President Chávez instructed me in a special way to greet all the children of Venezuela on this day when they are all awaiting the arrival of Baby Jesus.”
The opposition and the ruling party will debate in the coming days about the date and venue of the swearing in of the new presidential term to be performed by Chávez after winning the elections this year.
The president must present himself to the National Assembly on 10th January. However, the president of Venezuela’s parliament, Diosdado Cabello, said the Constitution could allow for the president to swear to the Supreme Court later.
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the AMARC-ALC news agency.