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.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."