CARACAS, Tuesday January 22, 2013 | Update
CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH | She thinks there is enough information

High court president dismisses request for a medical board

The president of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice told state-run TV channel VTV that President Hugo Chávez has the right to his privacy

The top judge commented that magistrates discussed Article 231 of the Constitution by January 10 (TV screen capture)
Tuesday January 22, 2013  10:19 AM

"We have standing information about the health condition of the Venezuelan president," Luisa Estella Morales, the president of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), told state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) on Monday evening during an interview.

She also said that the judiciary does not deem it necessary to send a medical board to Cuba to assess the health condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, as there is ongoing information on his recovery.

The senior government authority stressed that the president has the right to his privacy. Nevertheless, "all the institutions are fully informed," state-run news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) cited.

Morales commented as well that the seven magistrates of the TSJ Constitutional Court tackled Article 231 of the Venezuelan Constitution and resolved the judgment, under which President Chávez may be sworn in as soon as the unexpected event ends.
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