Minister: Chávez is grateful for prayers for his health; calls to vote
According to Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza, the Venezuelan president has started to communicate and has been monitoring the progress of Sunday regional election
Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza on Sunday reported that President Hugo Chávez has progressively overcome the complications he had during his cancer operation last December 11. He said the Venezuelan president started to communicate and has been monitoring the progress of Sunday regional election.
During a telephone conversation with Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas, Arreaza explained that the Head of State has received reports from the electoral security and protection operation Plan República and the National Government in connection with the regional elections. Arreaza said Chávez urged Venezuelans to cast their ballot.
Furthermore, the Minister of Science and Technology reported that Chávez "thanked his people and the peoples of the world for so many prayers for his health."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.