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Chavez death watch intensifies

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Chavez undergoes tracheotomy; complications multiply; situation "grave"

Once again, the Spanish newspaper ABC provides an update on Hugo Chavez.  Here is a summary of the grim report.

* The surgery involved removing a cancerous growth from the lower portion of his spinal column and the pelvic region.

* On Wednesday December 19, his doctors had to perform a tracheotomy

* Chavez is on a respirator,  has fluid in his lungs, and continues to struggle against a pulmonary infection.

* His kidneys have begun to falter, due to all of the steroids he has taken over the past few months.

* He is not responding well to antibiotics, and doctors fear that his condition is becoming extremely unstable.

* Vice President Nicolas Maduro has summoned several government officials to Havana, including Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly -- a man who had heretofore refused to set foot in Castrolandia.

* A constitutional crisis is brewing over Chavez's condition.  Maduro, Cabello, and the other Chavistas in Havana are apparently discussing how to proceed if Chavez continues to deteriorate.   At issue is article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution, which concerns the president's  "absolute absence" (falta absoluta).  According to this article, a medical panel designated by the Supreme Court and approved by the National Assembly has the power to declare "falta absoluta" in case of the president's death or of a "permanent physical or mental disability."

* If a "falta absoluta" is declared before Chavez's upcoming inauguration on January 10, a new presidential election will have to be held within the next thirty days.  In the interim, Diosdado Cabello would run the country as president of the National Assembly.  Chavez has named Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his successor, but in the case of a "falta absoluta" this means he would have to run for president as the PSUV party candidate -- and be elected -- in order to assume the country's top post.

* Venezuela's top  military leaders have been exchanging communications in which they take it for granted that Chavez's decline is irreversible.

* As death looms ever closer, Chavez is wrapped all the more tightly into a sanctimonious religious matrix.  His elevation to sainthood is well under way, a process set in motion by the dictator himself, but now intensified by his grieving lackeys and admirers. Prayer vigils for Chavez continue to be held throughout Latin America.  In the photo below, from Managua, Nicaragua, a young girl proudly displays a poster from such an event, in which  Chavez is quoted as saying: "Let no one be sad. There is no room for sadness. We are happiness.  We are faith.  We are hope.  Who ever said our journey would be easy? It is the way of Christ."

Entire report HERE, in Spanish.

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5 comments to Chavez death watch intensifies

  • Rayarena

    Chavez is almost as bad as castro and that pretty much says it all. Unbelievable that so close to death's door and instead of trying to make amends with God, he continues straight down the path to Hell.

    I think that he still could have been "saved" if instead of running for this last term and crying on national tv and talking about his "calvary" and thus making a mockery of the real "calvary" he would have refused to run and thus paved the way for real democracy and the healing of Venezuela. No, instead, he tries to consolidate the horrid system that he created in Venezuela with the help of castro. What an evil megalomaniac!

  • asombra

    Get ready for another Evita-style “sainthood.” Yes, many of the idolaters are poor and ignorant, and desperate for a “champion,” however spurious. Still, the pathetic folly of it all, even assuming it’s no worse than folly, is extremely disheartening. No wonder Latrine America has been a wretched failure for so long. The truth could set it free, but its people keep falling for recycled bullshit, over and over and over. Very depressing, not to say appalling.

  • marc in calgary

    In real countries with functioning constitutions, this isn't a "constitutional crisis". It's the business of governance and the rules are set out and agreed upon by everyone involved.

    But when you're surrounded by "yes men" that owe their place in government more to you (Chavez) rather than expertise, it isn't difficult to see that those minding the government wouldn't know what to do.

    I hesitate to wonder what would occur in Cuba if both Castros died in the same week. Besides my drunken state and general euphoria.

  • FreedomForCuba

    "The surgery involved removing a cancerous growth from the lower portion of his spinal column and the pelvic region."

    I heard something similar over a week ago from a Venezuelan friend that may have contacts. He said doctors had to attach rods and pins to support Chavez back because of the tumor removed and that he was a in bad shape because his kidneys were failing because of the steroids.

    So basically what is being published now I heard it about a week and a half ago.

    Is obvious that Chavez is not in good shape, otherwise they would have published pictures or a video by now of a recovering Chavez.

    This time I think there is no return for Chavez and I guess what is left to witness is how his subordinates will handle the obvious to come.

    I suspect there are some people in Havana somewhat nervous of what could happen in Venezuela once Chavez is gone...