Capriles: Venezuela has a government that does not govern
Reelected governor of Miranda state and opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Monday that the Constitution provides for clear terms and conditions in the event that Hugo Chávez fails to appear in his swearing-in ceremony on January 10
According to Capriles, given the health condition of President Hugo Chávez, "the government does not govern."
He stressed that the opposition has never suggested that on January 10 Chávez should lose his condition as president-elect. Rather, he said the terms and conditions provided for under the Constitution for such case should be met.
"We want him to take office, but if his swearing in does not occur, we have a number of established legal terms. This is not about constructions on what people like or not."
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.