CARACAS, Thursday December 13, 2012 | Update
CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH | Government issues new communiqué

President Chávez is "stable"

The post-operative stage is "complex," as well as the surgery which took at least six hours, reported Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas in obligatory simultaneous broadcast

Just after 9:30 pm on Wednesday Minister of Communication Ernesto Villegas read a statement (Photo: VTV)
Thursday December 13, 2012  06:18 AM

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's health condition is "stable," reported on Wednesday night Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas.

In a two-minute obligatory simultaneous broadcast, the minister read out a short communiqué, as instructed by Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro. It was briefed on the medical progress of the Head of State, who underwent in Havana, Cuba, a "complex" surgery that lasted over six hours.

"The patient is in stable conditions in his process," the notice reads. The post-operative stage "is complex as well," it added and urged the "Venezuelan people and fellow peoples to accompany the president with their prayers and expressions of solidarity which, for sure, reinforce him day after day."
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A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.

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