Chavez Is Treating Cancer, Running the Country From Cuba
Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, was revealed by the press as fighting cancer in the capital of Cuba, Havana, and it is said that his return to Venezuela could not happen before six months, which already fuels different schemes within the ranks of his followers back home.
Chavez spoke a in live telephone call for the Cuban television, and confessed that the former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, his good friend and political and ideological companion, was the one to detect the tumor and to advise him to remove it by means of surgery to remove pelvic abscess.
Chavez said that he was unaware of his illness, but was confident that he would emerge stronger from this predicament.
In a national broadcast to the Venezuelan people, Chavez told the nation that he had two surgeries in Cuba, that he was fine but that he was not in a hurry to return during treatment.
He has decided to rule the country, the oil-richest in South America, from Cuba for as long as it takes, thus foiling the plans of the opposition, who had called for the vice president to assume temporarily daily activities as acting president, as the constitution demands.
Chavez announced before going seek his intention to run for a third term in office, and his brother, Adan, alluded that the military may interfere with the democratic process in order to keep the current leadership in power, if need be.
While Chavez tells the people that Castro visits him every day and brings him peanuts and small pieces of lamb, and that at night he reads Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the market in Venezuela is fluctuating, and the benchmark bond goes down as investors bet on his renouncing to run for a new term in office.
The political friends are concerned that no one else has the same touch with the poor of the nation, and that the guarantee of a success in elections is slim, given that even his approval rate dropped significantly, as the bolivar currency dropped and life became more and more difficult in the country.11