President Chávez to undergo in Cuba hyperbaric oxygen therapy
The recently reelected president is heading for Cuba for a special treatment
Diosdado Cabello, the speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN), read out a notice from President Hugo Chávez, requesting authorization to leave the country in direction to Cuba in order to undergo adjuvant treatment. He promised to be present on January 10 for his re-inauguration and in order to introduce the Country Plan 2013-2019.
"I have been recommended special treatment with multiple sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy which, together with physiotherapy, completes the healing process," reads the notice signed by the Venezuelan leader and read by the Congress speaker in a special session held at Bolívar Square in Maracay, the capital city of central Aragua state, on the occasion of the Military Aviation Day.
Authorization was requested from Tuesday, November 27. No date of return was specified.
In June 2011, President Chávez was diagnosed with cancer. The event did not prevent him from running for reelection and winning last October 7.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.