Venezuelan VP: Violent acts are unacceptable
During the settling of the Federal Council of the Government, Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro said that President Hugo Chávez "continues fighting and making progress." Maduro remarked that the president has been fully informed by his ministers about the situation of the country
During the settling-in of the Federal Council of the Government, Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro addressed the council's opposition members in rejection to some "violent acts" taking place in several parts of the country, particularly in the hands of university statements.
"We have been informed of unacceptable situations occurring in Táchira state (west Venezuela). We urge opposition members of the Government's General Council as well as opposition leaders to condemn, along with us, violence."
Maduro indicated that the current Government is the right track of the homeland. The vice-president also dismissed the idea that the students' demonstration expressed disagreement. "Justice, equity, and dialogue are the right choice. Talks are welcomed in peace building."
The vice-president stated that President Chávez has been duly informed by Barinas state Governor Adán Chávez, Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello, Solicitor General Cilia Flores, and Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez, in their recent visit to Cuba, of what is going on in the country.
Referring to Chávez's health condition, Maduro said, "The truth is that our commander is fighting. He saw him yesterday (...) the commander is making progress; he advances, and we are full of joy to see that."
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.