Communication minister: Chávez is being operated as per protocol
Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas on Tuesday reported that President Hugo Chávez was "absolutely confident that he will overcome the obstacles." He noted that authorities will continue to report on Chávez's progress
Villegas said the Venezuelan president "woke up on Tuesday, December 11, with great force and inspiration; his mind focused on the welfare of the people." He added that Chávez was "absolutely confident that he will overcome the obstacles."
The minister further stated that the Government will continue "united with the Venezuelan people and the brothers of the world in a prayer for the commander."
He explained that he would continue to inform about "the progress made in Chávez's process to regain full health."
At noon, Villegas, in a mandatory nationwide radio and televisión broadcast, read a statement saying that the medical team of President Chávez in Havana reported that the Venezuelan president was performing the pre-operational protocol.
However, two hours earlier, President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, who visited Chávez Monday in the Caribbean island, said on his Twitter account that his Venezuelan counterpart was undergoing at that very moment "a very delicate operation."
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.