Communication minister: The only incumbent president is Hugo Chávez
"The fact that the President of the Republic is taking a sick leave, as provided for in the Constitution and unanimously authorized by the National Assembly, and that he has bestowed some of his powers on the vice-president is not a reason to disavow his incumbency and tenure," said Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas
"The only incumbent president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is Hugo Chávez, the winner of the October 7 vote, when he was re-elected with 8,191,132 ballots for the 2013-2019 presidential term," Villegas said in a letter to Globovisión via his Twitter account, Efe reported.
Villegas described as "unacceptable the fact that a broadcast licensee that exploits a portion of the radio-electric space that belongs to the Venezuelan people affords to issue a formal communication with such nonsense."
According to the minister, the private television network, which maintains a strong critical line towards the government, sent a communication calling Maduro "acting president." President Chávez bestowed some of his powers on Maduro and designated him as his candidate in case his health condition prevents him from taking office again as President of Venezuela, a position he has held since 1999.
"The fact that the President of the Republic is taking a sick leave, as provided for in the Constitution and unanimously authorized by the National Assembly, and that he has bestowed some of his powers on the vice-president is not a reason to disavow his incumbency and tenure," said Villegas in his letter.
Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.