Santos gets ready to attend Chávez's inauguration
The Colombian president held a telephone conversation with Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolás Maduro on the eve of Christmas
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is prepared to attend the inauguration of this Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez and wished him getting well soon one more time.
The Venezuelan leader is recovering from a surgery to counter his cancer, Colombian media cited on Tuesday.
No date of arrival was specified.
As stated by Caracol Radio and quoted by DPA, Santos spoke on the phone with Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolás Maduro to confirm that he and his Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín plan to attend the sworn-in ceremony. According to the news, the event could be postponed because of Chávez's health condition.
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.