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."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.