Venezuelan officials say Chávez signed documents and made decisions
A decision to incorporate two exploration areas to joint venture Petrocabimas was approved
For his part, Venezuela's Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro provided no information about the decisions made by President Chávez. "He (Cabello) still has to announce several decisions that the leader of the revolution, the constitutional president of Venezuela, has made."
Notwithstanding, Maduro explained that Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez submitted to Chávez some terms and conditions concerning the areas that were intended to be incorporated to joint venture Petrocabimas, comprised by Tía Juana Tierra and exploration areas east and south Cabimas (northwestwern Zulia state)."
Later on, the vice-president asked cameramen to zoom in on Chávez's signatura, which appeared on the document submitted by Ramírez.
As the cameras showed the president's signatura, Maduro remarked, "Let the evil minority burn."
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.