US: Venezuelans are to decide how the transition will take place
The United States called for respect for the Venezuelan the Constitution in the event of an indefinite absence of the Venezuelan president
"We've obviously seen the press reports about his return," the spokesperson of the US Department of State underscored, following Chávez announcement on Twitter about his surprising return to Venezuela, which took place 10 weeks after undergoing a cancer surgery in Cuba on December 11.
"It's obviously a matter for Venezuelans to decide how the transition is going to take place. As you know, there was an election, but there hasn't been a swearing-in. Should President Chávez become permanently unavailable to serve, our understanding is that the Venezuelan Constitution requires that there be an election to elect a new president," the spokesperson remarked.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
According to inner surveys performed by the Venezuelan Association of Metallurgical and Mining Industries (AIMM), where 160 metallurgic companies were taken into consideration, 90% of the companies members of this association are "distressed because of their existence or survival in the short term," stated Manuel Eseverri, president of this association.