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
"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.
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.