FM Jaua: Chávez's respiratory distress has increased
"We have always bet on the president's life for him to continue his work of radical transformation of Venezuelan society, so that all Venezuelans can live in dignity and justice," said Foreign Minister Elías Jaua
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua on Friday said that President Hugo Chávez's respiratory distress "has increased" in the last few hours. Reference was made to the Venezuelan president's health condition after he returned to Caracas and was admitted to the Dr Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital, following his fourth cancer operation, performed in Cuba last December 11.
However, Jaua told state-run television channel Venezolana de Television that despite his lingering respiratory distress, Chávez is receiving appropriate treatment for cancer and it has been positively tolerated.
"Treatment for his primary illness continues to be applied and it has been tolerated by the patient positively," said the minister.
Jaua said in Equatorial Guinea, where he participated in the III Summit of Africa and South America, that the Venezuelan Government hopes that President Chávez will return to power.
"We have always bet on the president's life for him to continue his work of radical transformation of Venezuelan society, so that all Venezuelans can live in dignity and justice," said Jaua.
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.