Ecuador's Correa: President Chávez is going through a hard treatment
Although the Ecuadorian head of state refused to forecast any scenario without Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, he stated that in the event that Chávez fails to resume office, "Vice-President (Nicolás) Maduro is absolutely capable" of taking his place
Chávez came back to Venezuela on Monday after being convalescent in Cuba for more than two months. The leader has not been seen in public, except in a few pictures published last Friday, since he left for Cuba last December to have his fourth cancer surgery.
On Wednesday, Correa revealed that he spoke with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro in order to coordinate a visit to Venezuela in the coming days.
Although the Ecuadorian head of state refused to forecast any scenario without Chávez, he stated that in the event that Chávez fails to resume office, "Vice-President (Nicolás) Maduro is absolutely capable" to take his place.
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.