Chávez meets with Congress speaker and defense minister
Late on Friday, Vice-President Nicolás Maduro said that President Hugo Chávez addressed several issues in a meeting in Havana with Diosdado Cabello, the Speaker of the National Assembly, and Diego Molero, the Minister of Defense. Maduro added that Chávez "has entered a new phase of treatment"
"In a few hours, we will have news, because they (Diosdado Cabello and Diego Molero) submitted to him (Chávez) a number of topics for consideration," said Maduro, adding that the Venezuelan president continues to comply with his work agenda, thus performing his duties.
The vice-president said Molero sent "the greetings of our Bolivarian National Armed Forces" to Chávez, state-run news agency AVN reported.
Regarding Chávez's health, Maduro added the Venezuelan president "has started a new phase of treatment," following completion of the post-operative stage. "Fortunately, the post-operative stage has been completed and the president entered a new phase of treatment for his disease. He is recovering gradually and gaining strength," Maduro said.
Maduro stressed that Chávez "isvery proud and very happy for the Venezuelan people's support."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.