Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Chavez aides assure citizens of continuity
by Staff Writers
Caracas, Venezuela (UPI) Jan 16, 2013

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Senior aides of ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reassured citizens of business as usual in the oil-rich Latin American country as they staged a Cabinet reshuffle and denied allegations their actions flouted the constitution.

Chavez is in Cuba undergoing cancer treatment that has involved four surgical procedures so far.

Vice-President Nicolas Maduro told the National Assembly in Caracas the decision to appoint Elias Jaua as Venezuela's new foreign minister had come from Chavez.

The opposition challenged the announcement, which came during an address characterized as a state of the nation message.

Both the ministerial appointment and address to the nation were responsibilities of the president and should not have devolved to Maduro, the opposition said.

The opposition's challenge was dismissed by Maduro and there was no indication that any of the senior aides disagreed with his assertion the constitution had not been flouted.

The National Assembly session was led by Speaker Diosdado Cabello and senior officials present at the meeting included Supreme Tribunal of Justice President Luisa Estella Morales, Republican Moral Council President Adelina Gonzalez and National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena, Venezuelan official media said.

The opposition fears Chavez's absence at key events and increased representation of the president by Maduro is leading to a de facto continuity that flouts the constitution. Chavez aides deny the allegation.

Maduro's report to the nation on the economic and political conditions in Venezuela in fiscal 2012 was a function of Chavez that the vice president presented to the National Assembly amid protests, including a walkout by at least 12 members.

Chavez aides explained the appointment of Elias Jaua was necessary because Maduro could not continue holding the portfolio while acting daily on behalf of Chavez. Maduro had kept the foreign minister's portfolio after his appointment as vice president in October 2012.

Opposition critics have been calling for postponement of all functions that require the presence of Chavez.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who faced Chavez in last year's presidential election, called for a review and further discussion on the reshuffle as it was unclear how much much of the decision-making had come from Chavez and how much of it was the handiwork of Maduro.

Rafael Ramirez, Venezuela's energy minister and head of the state-owned PDVSA petroleum company, also weighed in with support for Maduro and accused Venezuela's right-wing opposition of fanning a controversy and orchestrating the walkout.

Chavez aides insist the president remains in charge but are unable to specify when he will return from Cuba.

Cabello defended Maduro, saying the vice president "didn't come to take the place of the president. He came to bring the documents ... under instructions from the president," MercoPress reported.

In Washington, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson said the United States is waiting for the situation in the Latin American country to clear up.

"It is a difficult time for Venezuelans," Jackson said, recalling that U.S. President Back Obama has expressed wishes for a quick recovery of Chavez.

Jacobson has been in telephone conversations with Maduro in an indication of what analysts say may be a thaw in relations between Caracas and Washington.

Despite continuing strain in bilateral U.S.-Venezuela relations Venezuela remains one of the largest oil suppliers to the United States, after Canada and Saudi Arabia.


Related Links
Powering The World in the 21st Century at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Philippine group says China firm vital for gas project
Manila (AFP) Jan 17, 2013
A Philippine consortium insisted Thursday a gas project in the disputed South China Sea could only work with the involvement of a Chinese firm, otherwise Beijing could make things difficult. The Philippine government has awarded the Forum Energy consortium the exploration contract for a potentially huge gas field off Reed Bank in waters at the centre of a fierce territorial row between Manil ... read more

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Mission would drag asteroid to the moon

Russia designs manned lunar spacecraft

Choosing the right people to go to Mars

ChemCam follows the 'Yellowknife Road' to Martian wet area

Mars image suggests ancient water flow

NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock

Orion Teamwork Pays Off

Unilever Buys 22 Flights On XCOR Lynx Suborbiter For AXE Campaign

Iran renews plan to send monkey into space: reports

AXE to Send 22 Guys to Space with New Apollo Campaign

China to launch 20 spacecrafts in 2013

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

ESA workhorse to power NASA's Orion spacecraft

Competition Hopes To Fine Tune ISS Solar Array Shadowing

Embassy Gathers Elite Group of Space Policy Chiefs

NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss ISS Expandable Module

Africasat-1a to launch on first Ariane 5 launch in 2013

Roscosmos Releases Report On Proton Launch Anomaly

Russia plans replacement for Soyuz rocket

Arianespace's industry leadership will continue with 12 launcher family missions planned in 2013

Earth-size planets common in galaxy

NASA's Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit For Fomalhaut B

NASA, ESA Telescopes Find Evidence for Asteroid Belt Around Vega

Kepler Gets a Little Help From Its Friends

ECAPS signs contract with Skybox for complete propulsion system

Boeing Grows Composite Manufacturing Capability in Utah

Molecular machine could hold key to more efficient manufacturing

Study reveals ordinary glass's extraordinary properties

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement