Obama: I will not speculate about Chávez's health condition
US President Barack Obama refrained from making any comments about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's health condition
Interviewed by Univision, President Barack Obama made no comments on the health condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Moreover, referring to Chávez decision over his next successor if failing to defeat cancer, the US president stressed that the future of Venezuela is up to its citizens.
According to a transcript of the interview conducted by Univision, the US president remarked that the Venezuelan leader is charged with authoritarian policies and repression against dissenters. He also noted that he would rather not speculate about Chávez health conditions, AP cited.
Referring to the US-Venezuela relation, specifically the withdrawal of their ambassadors in 2010, the US president said that he was looking forward to engaging in a more solid relation, yet he reaffirmed that his country was not going to change its policies, which place special emphasis on Venezuela's freedom.
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.