01/11/13 - Bloomberg - Venezuela's Maduro Travels to Visit Ailing Chavez in Havana
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro will travel to Havana today
to visit President Hugo Chavez, who hasn't been seen in public for a
month since going to the Caribbean island for a fourth cancer operation.
"I'm going to continue with the work we do by visiting with the family,
medical team and our president," Maduro said in comments broadcast on
state television today.
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans took a symbolic oath of loyalty to Chavez
and the "right to build socialism in our country" in Caracas yesterday,
the date the ailing leader was supposed to be sworn in for a new six-year
term. They were joined by officials from 27 Caribbean and Latin American
nations, including Bolivian President Evo Morales and Nicaragua's
The Supreme Court on Jan. 9 approved a delay to the swearing in ceremony,
saying it was a mere formality. The ruling means that Maduro, Chavez's
handpicked successor, will continue to run affairs in South America's
biggest oil exporter for the foreseeable future.
The government last provided an update on Chavez's health on Jan. 7.
Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said that Chavez's condition is
stable after the government reported he had trouble breathing due to a
lung infection. He didn't provide additional details.
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