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."
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.