"Telling the truth is a democratic duty"
Venezuelan opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) urged the National Assembly (AN) to abide by the Constitution with regard to President Hugo Chávez s sick leave
In a short statement, Venezuela's opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) lashed out at Hugo Chávez's administration for the "secrecy, lack of accurate, clear and reliable medical information" about the president's health. The MUD commented that due to the government's attitude lots of rumors have spread about the president's health. "The harmful consequences of the lack of transparency in reporting this information can be substantially blunted with responsible, clear and timely reporting," the text cited.
The members of the opposition alliance sympathized with the best wishes of the MUD presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. "We take issue, not with a person, but with wrong and regressive policies, contrary to the progress expected by the country. It is a humane position, based on the respect to the dignity of people," the dissenting alliance clarified in the notice.
"Telling the truth is a democratic duty to the Venezuelan people. It is a duty that reaches a higher degree when it refers to the health of the head of the government who has expressed his desire to be the incumbent candidate in the presidential elections and Venezuela's president for a new six-year period ... We are the constitutional alternative. No one is lost in the Constitution and no one wins out of the Constitution. Venezuela is a republic and the way to ensure stability, peace and progress lies in the Constitution. The assurances of all the Venezuelan people, civilians and military are in our Magna Carta. The absence of the president is regulated by the Constitution. It tells us what to do," the MUD concluded.
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."