Venezuelan VP Nicolás Maduro returns from Cuba
Maduro confirmed that he was in Havana with National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello and other members of the executive cabinet
In his first statement after arriving from Havana, Maduro said he was in Cuba with "Diosdado Cabello, the Speaker of the National Assembly and also first vice-president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), who along with Rafael Ramírez, the Minister of Energy and Mines; Adán Chávez, the governor of Barinas state; Cilia Flores, the Solicitor General of the Republic; and Jorge Arreaza, the Minister of Science and Technology, spent the last hours accompanying President Hugo Chávez."
Maduro arrived in Venezuela from Cuba, where he visited President Chávez, who is recovering after a surgery for cancer performed December 11.
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.