Time for decision-making
Nobody knows for sure whether such reports are true or otherwise. Nobody has seen President Chávez, except for his close relatives. Legal uncertainty existed in the past, but it has mushroomed, even affecting debt operations to be performed by the government by reason of bilateral agreements with some countries.
We are going into the last month of the first quarter, and this unusual, blurred relationship between people and their top authority continues. With all due respect and consideration for the President, the country has become a sort of administrative brokerage that spawns more questions than answers.
Besides the President's absence, Venezuela is going through a difficult situation, from the point of view of economy and governance. Therefore, institutions need to be restored to normal. A country having serious intentions to reach acceptable levels of quality of life and development will never move forward amidst such a degree of uncertainty and insecurity.
It is time for decision-making.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.