Monday, July 18, 2011

Chavez delegate some powers to his deputy before returning to Cuba to be treated

For the first time in over a dozen years in office, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, gave some of his powers and administrative powers to his deputy and finance minister, after receiving authorization from the National Assembly to leave the country on the island and continue the fight against cancer.

"I will delegate to the vice president and Jorge Elias Jaua Gordani  some decisions up to me now touch me, signatures and decisions, here is the decree," Chavez said in a televised cabinet meeting. Chavez was approved Saturday by the national parliament to travel to Cuba, the president request made on Friday in order, he said, starting the second stage of the cancer treatment consisting in applying chemotherapy.

"The Bolivarian bloc, for reasons of legitimacy, legality and humanity, will vote for the authorization," declared the president of the National Assembly (Parliament), Fernando Soto, having served two-hour debate in which both banks, Chavez and opposition agreed to allow Chavez's trip. "Thanks to the National Assembly for allowing this trip," said the head of state at the conclusion of the debate, who in Cabinet remained watching the discussion and said he hoped soon to return to their country.

"We have no doubt that wherever he is, President Chavez will command," said the congressman, Diosdado Cabello during the special session that convened yesterday, emergency, the president of the National Assembly (Parliament), Fernando Soto, to discuss Chavez's request. The parliamentary opposition voted to grant permission, but requested that the vice president, Elias Jaua, assumes the head of state should not exercise because Chavez's presidency from Cuba.

"Authorize the President's trip to Cuba and hope he recovers (...) but the duration of the absence, all acts must be from Venezuela, not from Cuba," said opposition lawmaker Hiram Gaviria. Meanwhile, the opposition also accused the Miguel Rodriguez official bank of "trafficking" with the president's health.

Chavez had surgery last June 20 of a cancerous tumor in Cuba and returned to Venezuela on July 4 to continue the "first stage" of recovery. "These spokesmen of the right lost the consciousness of the limits of absurdity," Chavez said as he listened to the debate and called "stupid" arguments that indicate that his departure means that there is no head of state in the country.

On Friday, after dismissing the elected president of Peru, Ollanta Humala, who was visiting Venezuela, Chávez took advantage of the presence of the media to read the letter requesting permission to travel to the National Assembly.

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