Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world and cheap, nearly-free, fuel is pretty much seen as a Venezuelan birth-right.
I was absolutely amazed when I first pulled up to a gas station and my buddy filled up the car with the ‘higher quality’ fuel – it cost under 2 bolivars, a little less than 1 cent at the black market rate of 230 bolivars to the dollar.
Chavez has undergone four cancer-related surgeries since June 2011 for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer.
He also has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
11 operation in Cuba, and the latest report from his government Thursday night increased speculation that he is unlikely to attend his Jan. The message above the mural reads in Spanish; "Love is repaid with love." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez can take the oath of office for his next term before the Supreme Court at a later date if the ailing leader isn’t fit to be sworn in next week, his vice president said.
Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro sent the strongest signal yet that the government may seek to postpone Chavez’s inauguration as the 58-year-old president fights a severe respiratory infection more than three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.
It has interpreted the constitution loosely, to its own political advantage,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington.“In this way Maduro is able to buy some time, assert his authority, and rally support within Chavismo.He puts the opposition on notice and throws it off balance.” He was re-elected in October to another six-year term, and two months later announced that his pelvic cancer had returned.A heart-shaped mural shows an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hugging a woman.Chavez hasn't spoken publicly or been seen since his Dec.Venezuela was refreshingly different and I felt that, despite the huge amounts of conflicting information thrown at me, I came away from the country with a of what is actually going on.I had been warned in advance that getting toilet paper in Venezuela was a real pain in the ass (ha!If Chavez is not in Caracas to be sworn in on Thursday, Ortiz said in a phone interview, “the president of the National Assembly should take charge.” He added that “there is a formal separation between one term and the other.” Opposition lawmaker Maria Corina Machado said in a message on Twitter that under the constitution, the vice president will no longer be in office once the inauguration day comes, “the day the presidential term ends.” “The decision about Jan.10 corresponds to the National Assembly and not the (Supreme Court),” Machado said.“Otherwise, it would be a shameful violation of the Constitution.” Shifter said the opposition is on the defensive, with its only tactic being to insist that Jan. “Chavez controls all the key institutions, and it’s doubtful that most Venezuelans will get too upset about defying what seems a fairly minor constitutional provision,” Shifter said.“Attacking the government because it has no objection to the Supreme Court swearing in Chavez after Jan.