Wednesday, January 2nd 2013 - 23:47 UTC

Mercosur closely following Venezuela situation; Cristina Fernandez paid secret visit to Chavez in Cuba

Mercosur leading members Brazil and Argentina are closely following the Venezuelan situation confident there are no reasons for surprises or fears about the democratic system, while the most respected political reporter of the country Nelson Bocaranda assures that President Cristina Fernandez, CFK, paid a secret visit to Havana in December where she talked with Hugo Chavez about his true health condition.

Bocaranda the best and most respected political reporter in Venezuela assures that the Argentine leader was in Havana in December

“We are following closely and with concern the health condition of President Hugo Chavez and the situation in Venezuela, but we feel there are no reasons to fear about the future of Venezuela”, said on Wednesday an official from the Planalto Palace, seat of the Brazilian Executive.

“We are not going to speculate about what happens if President Chavez is unable to take office on January 10, but there are no motives of major concern, or to believe that something extraordinary can happen in the future with Venezuela”, added the source.

It is known that Brazilian surgeons were present at the latest (and fourth) surgery of President Chavez fighting for his life against a recurrent until now undisclosed cancer.

Meanwhile Bocaranda considered the best informed political reporter on Venezuelan affairs revealed that President Cristina Fernandez made a secret visit to Cuba last December and was able to speak with President Chavez before he underwent surgery or his condition deteriorated.

Both Cristina Fernandez and her late husband and former president Nestor Kirchmer are close allies and friends of the Venezuelan charismatic leader.

Bocaranda writes that Cristina Fernandez is in permanent contact with Vice president and acting president Nicolas Maduro, and Chavez relatives. Allegedly in their conversation Chavez confessed to the Argentine leader his true medical condition and how difficult his recovery is.

“Mrs. Kirchner and her children as well as her closest aides receive permanent reports on the health evolution of whom they consider has proven to be the best friend of her and of her deceased husband Nestor”, writes Bocaranda.

In Brasilia another top official but from the Foreign ministry added that the Brazilian government does not have far more information than that which is released by Vice president Maduro referred to “the very complex post-surgery” condition of Chavez who was operated last December 11.

“Brazil also has its regular contacts with Venezuela, independently of what is released and made public about the health of President Chavez”.

However both officials said they ignored if Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff had had any new contacts with Maduro who remains in Cuba next to Chavez and his relatives.

Brazilian Foreign minister Antonio Patriota has been stating that “there are no reasons to believe that the rule of democracy will not continue in Venezuela if President elect Chavez does not return to take office”.

Bocaranda in his column also said that the Venezuelan government is preparing public opinion for the extreme situation that Chavez can’t return to take office or that finally cancer will defeat him.

Bocaranda is highly respected even by Chavez closest followers since he was the first to report on the president’s cancer and his health condition. So far his reports have been accurate and non controversial or speculative.

Venezuela last July finally was finally accepted as the fifth full member of Mercosur, a request originally presented in 2006. Brazil and Argentina were helping Chavez to concentrate and establish trade and energy links with South America, simultaneously distancing Venezuela from US influence. Nevertheless Venezuela remains among the top oil suppliers of the US.


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1 Britworker (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 12:02 am Report abuse
Thats all you need gasping for your last breath, the bloody botox angel of death sat on your bed.
2 Anglotino (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 12:29 am Report abuse
Ok, other than laughing at Britworker (thanks for that)!

Of course Venezuela will has a future without Chavez. The ego of some politicians is amazing.

Unfortunately for the Venezuelan people, it would seem the leader of a foreign country (CFK) is more important than they are.

After all, the Venezuelan people have a right to know what is happening with their leader and he still won't tell them a thing. And never has disclosed his condition. It has always been healthy and fine when he does. There is an ominous silence from the government OF THE PEOPLE of Venezuela at the moment.

As for democracy (or what passess for it in Venezuela as elections don't make a country democratic), the constitution that Chavez created is quite clear on what happens when a president is permanently incapacitated.

Will they follow the word or spirit of the constitution? Seems Paraguay is already a precedent for countries that don't follow the spirit of a constitution even when following the word.

Does anyone else see a double standard coming?
3 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 01:07 am Report abuse
I totally agree Anglotino. I fail to see how they've gone so long without keeping the public informed. It's not like they do not know the stories ending. That last paragraph of the article had me busting a gut....finally accepted as a full member.....yeah, after Mercosur had a coupe against Paraguay to get venezula in. Perhaps they will do what all dictators do......change the constitution to fit the governments needs at the moment.
4 Anglotino (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 08:22 am Report abuse
While January 10th might seem important, it is January 5th that we need to watch. This is the day the Venezuelan National Assembly will elect a new Assembly President.

The incumbent Diosdado Cabello will probably be reelected. However he is considered a rival to Vice President Maduro.

As it is the Assembly President that will take power should Chavez die before his inauguration (to organise new elections), any change in the chance of Cabello being reelected would give a good indicator of any power play for the “throne”.
5 KFC de Pollo (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 08:40 am Report abuse
ding dong the witch is dead.

whats kretina going to do if venezuella say they want their money back
6 Vuggevise (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 08:56 am Report abuse
You know it is crumbling for the saggy old bitch when she has to sneak out of the country for fear of being deposed in her absence :)
7 Shed-time (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 09:15 am Report abuse
@5 surely you mean Warlock? Interesting fact: Warlocks traditionally ride pitch-forks and not broom-sticks. Therefore harry potter rides like a girl.

Venezuela is a pseudo-communist crypto-fascist corrupt sh!t hole now, and rest assured, it'll still be one after Jan 5th.
8 ElaineB (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 09:57 am Report abuse
Really? CFKC snuck out of the country to visit Chavez in Cuba? What for? To collect cash for her 'change the constitution campaign'? Or was it purely a private visit? If it was I sincerely hope she has paid for it, not the Argentine tax-payers.

I doubt this news story because she is too sick to travel, remember? And I cannot believe any credible President would need to sneak about visiting another President.
9 Frank (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 10:24 am Report abuse
Does this mean that Tango One ( the one with the RR Trents) is out of hock?
10 Mendoza Canadian (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 11:22 am Report abuse
I think she is not allowed to come and go as she pleases...or is she above the constitution of AR?...oh yes...I guess she is...she is not in prison yet.
11 Pirate Love (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
With any luck old chubby will be writhing in pain drawing his last breath as we speak and for everybody else Happy New Year!
12 reality check (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 05:48 pm Report abuse
Lets see Brazil and Argentina know the true prognosis of this mans cancer, but the people of the state he governs do not.

You couldn't make this up, really couldn't!
13 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 03rd, 2013 - 06:13 pm Report abuse
Not to mention the fact that the leader of the country is not only out of the country, but but totally incapcitated and limited powers given to the VP. What a transparent democracy.
14 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 12:58 am Report abuse
This show of solidarity, friendship and comradeship from Cristina to Chavez is truly heartwarming and sweet. I hope both live long and happy lives, including at least one more full term in office for each of them. They deserve it and the world needs more leaders like them. That people on here are trying to make it a scandal or a joke that she visited her friend in hospital just shows the low level of the haters...

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