Venezuela's acting president Maduro pledges to finish crime
"I want to become, in the name of my commander Hugo Chávez, the president who heals Venezuela from violence," Venezuelan president in charge Nicolás Maduro remarked
Maduro admitted the existence of deficiencies in the health sector, and pledged he would tune up hospitals.
Unlike his mentor, Hugo Chávez, Maduro addressed for nearly two hours the issue of Venezuela's insecurity and stressed, "I want to become, in the name of my commander Hugo Chávez, the president who heals Venezuela from violence, crime, drugs..."
Maduro encouraged criminals to surrender their weapons in the weeks ahead amid the implementation of the Disarmament Plan "in all the slums, neighborhoods, and avenues of this land. There should be no weapons to kill or rob. This must end (...) we have been tasked to clean up society."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.