Chávez proclaimed as president for six more years
The reelected president appointed Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro as vice-president, and announced the incorporation of two new welfare programs: Mercosur Mission and Micro-Missions
The Venezuelan president did not reveal who will replace Maduro as foreign minister nor Jaua as the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAT), another office he is in charge of.
During the event, Chávez also reaffirmed he was willing to talk to some opposition sectors. "I will continue encouraging them to talk, discuss, and make proposals. I was very surprised when I read in the newspaper that Fedecámaras (the Venezuelan Federation of Trade and Industry Chambers) was willing to sit and talk. Well, let's talk, let's do it very clearly, but without any impositions. Those are two different things," stressed the Venezuelan reelected president.
The head of state said Venezuela was currently "shifting towards socialism" and for that reason the next term in office, he explained, "should be a period to make further progress and gain more efficiency in the transition from capitalism to socialism." Within the framework of this transition, the president announced, without giving any details, the incorporation of two new missions: Mercosur Mission and Micro-Missions.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.