Executive Vice President Elías Jaua said that "there is no point in discussing" the delegation of authority upon him because President Hugo Chávez is in full exercise of authority
Venezuelan Vice President Elías Jaua ruled out the possibility that the president's functions may be vested in him. He also said that the temporary absence of the president will not be declared, because President Hugo Chávez is in "full exercise" of power.
"The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is governing Venezuela. He has never ceased being the president; he is and will be the president. Therefore, there is no point in discussing a delegation of authority because the president is in full exercise of his physical and mental powers. Therefore, we are not going to discuss this issue," Jaua said.
He recalled that President Chávez is abroad as he was authorized by the National Assembly. Therefore, his stay in Cuba complies with constitutional requirements.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.