Academy of Medicine gives top court a list of doctors to evaluate Chávez
In a letter, Venezuelan physicians argued that the information provided by official spokesmen "lacks the required medical professional accuracy to be reliable, complete, precise and qualified"
In a letter, the Venezuelan physicians argued that the information provided by official spokesmen "lacks the required medical professional accuracy to be reliable, complete, precise and qualified." In their view, such situation has resulted in "anxiety, restlessness and uncertainty in Venezuelan society."
"We are only six days ahead of the end of Hugo Chavez's presidential term and the beginning of a new period. Nobody knows whether he is fully fit to take power and perform his duties. For these reasons and in order to provide the assistance and experience of the institutions we represent, and should it be necessary to enforce the provisions and regulations of Article 233 of the Constitution, which set forth the declaration of the complete absence of the President due to sickness and the appointment of a medical board, we offer the Supreme Tribunal of Justice a list of Venezuelan medical professionals, who are highly qualified experts in the fields related to the complex conditions of the President of the Republic," read the letter.
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.