Editorial on Venezuela

(Lenin Bandres Herrera, ?Ambassador of Venezuela in UAE)
Filed on January 6, 2013

This is in response to the editorial, ‘Uncertainty in Venezuela’, (January 5), which in my opinion is mistaken and biased in many ways.

Let me start by the dreadful fact that you misspelled the last name of the Vice President Nicolas Maduro three times, which clearly shows the lack of care you use when treating international information.

Worse, you asseverate that “…his subordinates (of Mr Chavez) continue to mince their words regarding his condition”, and then further on in the same editorial, “it’s time that his confidants are honest with the public about their leader’s health and take adequate measures for the worst-possible scenario”; clearly hinting to a “ dishonest” or “veiled” use of the information from the authorities about the President’s health.

All this seems to ignore the fact that, since the President himself announced his health problems and went to Cuba for treatment, the Venezuelan government has published 27 official communications informing the nation about the results as well as the post operatory evolution of the President’s health. You should acknowledge that this is something that does not happen often in any other place in the world when it is matter of a President’s health, especially in the Middle East.

Regarding your affirmation that “in Venezuela, institutions have little power”, it is yet again proof of how misinformed you and your team are about the political life in our country. In Venezuela we have not only a separated and autonomous structure of powers, but also one of the most inclusive and democratic constitutions in the world, all of which insures the plurality as well as a collective form of decision making.

Unfortunately, your poor and biased knowledge of our political life seems to ignore all these facts. Another example of the maturity of Venezuela’s democracy will be shown to us on January 10 when, whether President Chavez takes possession of his third mandate or not, it will be up to the legislative or judicial power to decide the next steps, in full respect of our Constitution, so as to ensure a democratic and transparent transition of power in our country. I formally invite you to pay attention to that demonstration of popular and democratic will.

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