A claim by the ex-Panamanian ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS) that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died several days ago after being “brain dead since 30 December” has been dismissed as “attention-seeking” and “speculation” by supporters of the Venezuelan president.
The signing of twenty-seven new economic and social agreements between the nations of South America and Africa was the product of three days of meetings held between representatives of more than 60 countries in Equatorial Guinea last week.
Vice-president Nicolas Maduro spoke at a large and vibrant rally today in Caracas to mark the 24th anniversary of the Caracazo, while a small group of opposition students protested in another part of Caracas.
Despite some private international media reporting “economic chaos” and that social missions have ground to a halt with President Hugo Chavez still recovering from cancer surgery, the missions continue working.
Leaders of Venezuela’s opposition parties announced on Saturday that they were launching a new offensive of protests and actions against the Chavez government, while earlier in the week Wikileaks published emails revealing their strategy.
Labor Minister Maria Cristina Iglesias announced this week that the Labor Ministry will be intensifying meetings with public sector and state-run companies in the upcoming weeks to ensure the correct application of the Labor Law for Workers.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in an open letter has urged countries of the South American and African continents to unite into a “true pole of power”, while railing against recent Western interventions in Africa.
The Venezuelan government launched a digital television system on Wednesday that provides free digital broadcasting to nearly sixty percent of the country but excludes the opposition channel Globovisión.