Capriles Radonski: I step down as governor for the sake of Venezuela
The opposition candidate running for president handed over command of Miranda state government to Adriana D'Elia
Upon delivery of the sash and following the oath, Venezuela's opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski entrusted the Miranda state government to Adriana D'Elía, to embark upon electioneering ahead of the voting of October 7.
The acting governor was also awarded the Miranda Meritorious Order. "I reassert my loyalty and commitment to proceed with such transparent management filled with progress enjoyed by Miranda residents and longed for by Venezuelans," D'Elia proclaimed.
For his part, Capriles claimed that his decision to step down as Miranda governor is for a cause. "It has a name: Venezuela."
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.