Chávez to undergo treatment in Cuba for the 11th time in 17 months
The Venezuelan president will be receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Chávez was last seen in public on November 15 during a meting with his cabinet. Twelve days later, he made the news as National Assembly's President Diosdado Cabello read out a statement issued by Chávez asking permission to leave the country to undergo the previously mentioned therapy.
Chávez communiqué would not set Chávez's date of return to Venezuela. The permission was granted as from November 27, yet the statement makes it clear that the Venezuelan president will be at the National Assembly on January, 10 to present his Second Socialist Plan of the Nation within the framework of his inauguration for his presidential term 2013-2019.
Chávez's statement to the National Assembly reads as follows:
"As it is well known across the country, in addition to the intense electoral campaign and my duties as head of State and Government, I have been taking duly care of my health conditions and obediently following the complementary treatment suggested by the medical team. Six month after having completed the last therapy, I have been advised to begin a special treatment, which consists of several hyperbaric oxygen sessions. The treatment along with the physiotherapy continues consolidating the improvement of the already good health conditions I have experienced (...) thus, in compliance with Article 235 of the Venezuelan Constitution, I request this National Assembly permission to leave the country on November 27, 2012 and stay in sister nation Cuba to complete the therapy on schedule."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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.