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Venezuela insists Chavez still leading as silence reigns
Reuters ^ | May 7, 2012 | Brian Ellsworth and Deisy Buitrago

Posted on 05/07/2012 10:12:04 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

CARACAS (Reuters) - Allies of Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez insisted on Monday he was still leading the OPEC nation despite a week of silence from the usually loquacious leader whose battle with cancer has overshadowed his reelection bid.

Chavez's normally ubiquitous media presence has slowed to a trickle of Tweets. He has not made any live contact with state media in the week since a public appearance last Monday before leaving for Cuba to receive treatment.

His absence has fanned criticism that he is no longer properly running the country and spurred unprecedented talk of a successor to the former soldier, who during 13 years in power has avoided cultivating a protege who could replace him.

"The president, while still receiving treatment, continues to govern," said ruling party stalwart Aristobulo Isturiz.

"For (the opposition), the issue of the president's health is not humanitarian but rather electoral because their only possibility of victory comes from Chavez's illness."

Chavez's health is treated as a state secret.

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1 posted on 05/07/2012 10:12:07 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“él está muerto, Jim”


2 posted on 05/07/2012 10:13:50 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Die...You loquacious commie! Mike
3 posted on 05/07/2012 10:16:50 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: MichaelP
“Die...You loquacious commie! Mike”

Be careful of what you wish for. Who or what is in the que to follow him?

4 posted on 05/07/2012 10:41:49 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Cuba - where latin tyrants go to die.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 10:42:21 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Room Temp (To the medody of “Bad Boys”)

Room Temp, Room Temp... whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when your breathin’s all through?

Room Temp, Room Temp... whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when your breathin’s all through?

Dictatin’ to the people no more..
Your headin’ down through death’s door..
Dem Cubans couldn’t make-a you well...
Your commie ass is goin’ to hell!

Room Temp, Room Temp... whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when your breathin’s all through?

Room Temp, Room Temp... whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when your breathin’s all through?

You thought you were the king o’ the land,
Roughshod o’er the people you ran.
Now Venezuela will be partyin’ big,
When cold goes the Chavez pig.

Room Temp, Room Temp... whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when your breathin’s all through?

Room Temp, Room Temp... whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when your breathin’s all through?


6 posted on 05/07/2012 10:57:06 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... so should voting!)
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To: fella
It couldn't be any worse than Chavez. When he's gone the opposition will have an even chance of regaining power...

Mike

7 posted on 05/07/2012 11:00:21 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wonder how long it will take the Venezuelan government to announce that Hugo has assumed room temperature.


8 posted on 05/07/2012 11:20:27 AM PDT by txrefugee
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