Minister Villegas: President Chávez is aware of his situation
Information and Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas, in an interview with Union Radio, said the new Venezuelan Government began with President Hugo Chávez. "We are not starting it without him; we are with him"
The minister added that on January 10, a presidential term began "with the President of the Republic. We are not starting it without him. We are with him." Further, he warned that although the Head of State is not in Venezuela, he still rules. He said this is the same case of US President Barack Obama. "Sometimes he (Obama) has not been in the United States and he has continued to be in office. When a president is asleep, he is still the president. We cannot fall into the trap of thinking that Venezuela does not have a president."
Since the Venezuelan government imposed currency and price controls in 2003 property rights have been seriously affected, as the individual's freedom to acquire, use, enjoy and dispose of property has been severely restricted, according to experts.