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."
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.