FM Jaua: Chávez is ruling; that is why I was appointed Foreign Minister
For Elías Jaua, nobody should "have absolutely no doubt" that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is "holding office" from Cuba
"If I am the foreign minister, it is because the president is ruling and making decisions," he told Colombian Blu radio during an interview. Jaua contended that no other Venezuelan government official is empowered to appoint or dismiss ministers, Efe quoted.
"Neither Vice-President Nicolás Maduro nor I would dare make such insensible thing," he added.
For Jaua, nobody should "have absolutely no doubt" that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is "holding office" from Cuba. Therefore, he asked the opposition to respect "the legitimacy of the Bolivarian government of Venezuela and abandon the way of anxiety and uncertainty."
"Our people are aware that President Hugo Chávez must get well and that is their major concern," he remarked.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.