Venezuelan VP Maduro pledges to have spoken with Chávez
The Executive Vice-President assured stated-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión on the phone of having held a chat with the Venezuelan leader for around 15 minutes
After 11:00 pm on Monday, December 24, Venezuelan Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro assured state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) of having spoken with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. They tackled, among others, the domestic state of affairs, particularly economy, in addition to Chávez's health status and recovery.
"Commander Chávez sends a kiss to all Venezuelan children and wishes all Venezuelans a Merry Christmas," he told VTV. The president, Maduro, added, "is sharing with his family the Christmas night."
"During the telephone call, he gave us some directions," the Vice-President explained, highlighting that "he was in good mood, always giving us his stamina."
According to Maduro, "Chávez is to receive an updated report of the inspections to several works undertaken by the National Executive Office" and he "follows up the next political actions of the new Bolivarian state governors."
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.