Excerpts of column "Runrunes" (Rumors) of Thursday, January 17
THE PATIENT. He has been free from the standing sedation on very few occasions, most of them for his daughters and son to accompany him. Vice-President Nicolás Maduro has met with him briefly. If some days elapsed for him to learn about the election results, he must have very little updating nowadays. The medical purpose is doing its best for him to survive and improve. In the meantime, a miracle is expected. The appointment of Elías Jaua as the new Foreign Minister did not happen all of a sudden. It was pondered when in the gubernatorial election campaign the numbers of the polls handled by the government could not assure the vice-president for some years of the victory. It was thought that, since he could not return to the Ministry of Agriculture, at least he would have the Foreign Office as consolation prize. A promotion as it were following his decline when he was stripped of his incumbency to run for Miranda state governor. Maduro based upon such ground to tell us that the patient had named him and then they showed a decree signed by President Hugo Chávez in Caracas. Amidst rapprochement, control, unity and similar pathways between the rich Cuba and our poor country, remember that Jaua is among the red leaders closer to the Castro brothers, behind Alí Rodriguez. For this reason, the Secretary-General of Unasur praised Jaua's designation in view of criticism in social networks. Elías framed the Francisco de Miranda Front, all the members of which were trained in Cuba. It was always said that he was a pupil of Fidel. Hence there is his photomontage in Havana on October 21, 2012. The brand-new Foreign Minister has told his Front buddies that he counts on Fidel's support to get to the Venezuelan political top. In this way, he climbs further up the ladder. This time, he resorts to a decree-montage signed in Caracas by a president at the ICU in Havana. In the meantime, an upfront Vice-President Maduro brands himself "plain," "not deserving to be here," and impudently names his successor at the Foreign Office. Everything was resolved and discussed with the Venezuelan triumvirate and the Cuban couple. They act like the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), regarding the controversial decision made law. Rather than translating the caudillo's feeling, they construed it their own way. Because of this masquerade, coated with lawfulness and lobbying for no meddling from foreign countries, the international community is realizing the domino of tricky actions promptly implemented. Brazil and Colombia, let alone the United States, have their sights on the provisions set forth in the Venezuelan Constitution. Perhaps it is because both presidents, Dilma Rousseff and Juan Manuel Santos, have learned from Raúl Castro Chávez's true health condition. The Brazilian president matched her information with that of her Argentinean counterpart. Nobody but Raúl Castro, Maduro and the Chávez family is allowed to cross the wall of secrecy at Cimeq. Ask Bolivian President Evo Morales, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.