Minister Arreaza: "Chávez is of sound mind"
The Venezuelan leader sent a message to his country from Havana, Cuba, through Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Jorge Arreaza
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is already at the height of his mental faculties after "critical moments on the 11th and 12th days" and has spoken with his relatives, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Jorge Arreaza reported on Saturday.
"The president is already in full possession of his mental faculties and sends his love to the peoples of the Americas," said Arreaza in a telephone contact from La Havana.
"Commander Chávez still wages a battle in this gradual recovery," Arreaza said. "Strained moments were spent on the 11th and 12th days, but we have overcome them little by little," he conceded.
"This post-operative stage of President Chávez has been a progressive process of his general stabilization," the minister added.
According to Arreaza, President Chávez is keeping a watchful eye over the gubernatorial election scheduled for Sunday in Venezuela. "The president asked me to urge the people to take part in the election on Sunday."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.