Nicolás Maduro arrives in Cuba
The Venezuelan Vice-President reported on his trip to Havana on Friday, during a meeting of the Housing Higher Committee in Caracas. He was welcomed at the José Martí international airport in Havana by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez. Electricity Minister Héctor Navarro was appointed as the acting vice-president of Venezuela
Maduro was welcomed at the José Martí international airport in Havana by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, the official agency said.
Maduro reported on his trip to Havana on Friday, during a meeting of the Housing Higher Committee in Caracas. "In a few hours I have to travel to Havana to visit him (President Hugo Chávez) again, as we have been doing."
Maduro added that the members of Chávez's "political team" who have visited the Venezuelan president in Havana include Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello, Solicitor General Cilia Flores, Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza and Adán Chávez, the reelected governor of Barinas state.
Maduro announced that he appointed Electricity Minister Héctor Navarro as acting vice-president.
Chávez has been in Cuba from early December 2012, as he is recovering from a cancer operation.
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.