VP Jaua: No need to act in President Chávez's stead
"(Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez) is empowered to continue in office, as he did during the previous term (in 2011). The Constitution does not provide at all for a mechanism to decree temporary absence"
Venezuelan Vice President Elías Jaua reiterated on Wednesday that President Hugo Chávez is fully capable of continuing running the country and ruled out temporary absence. Therefore, in his opinion, there is no reason to replace the Venezuelan Head of State.
On Tuesday, Chávez notified that he would undergo a surgery after a two-centimeter lesion was found on the same site where he was resected a cancerous tumor in June 2011, state-run news agency AVN recalled.
"(The President) is empowered to continue in office, as he did during the previous term (in 2011). The Constitution does not provide at all for a mechanism to decree temporary absence," Jaua explained.
He highlighted that a temporary absence would mean that in a given time, exceptional reasons such as a kidnapping or permanent physical or mental disability, preclude the president from governing.
Jaua claimed that Venezuelan rightists use such events to cause instability and unrest.
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."