CARACAS, Thursday February 28, 2013 | Update

OAS's secretary general: the judiciary is a problem, even in Venezuela

The secretary general of the Organization of American State (OAS) remarked that Chávez return to Venezuela urges decision making

The OAS Secretary-General was interviewed by BBC Mundo (Photo: AP/Reuters)
Thursday February 28, 2013  01:27 PM
"It is time to make decision," in Venezuela, said Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza as he pronounced on the long convalescence of President Hugo Chávez.

Referring to the return of the head of state to Venezuela on February 16, Insulza told BBC Mundo that "it was what everybody expected."

"Chávez has been by all means a leader in Venezuela for 14 years. You cannot expect that his supporters take aside or choose another (successor) all of a sudden," the OAS's secretary-general said, by adding that the Venezuelan Government has made a good decision at taking its time to see whether the situation gets back to normal.

Insulza criticized that Chávez's absence has been mostly addressed from the legal point of view, taking aside the political perspective.

With reference to branches of government, Insulza stressed that "the problem was in the judiciary (...) certainly, there are some boundaries in its independence in different countries, including Venezuela."

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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