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."
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.