Venezuela Making 'bald-Faced Lies' Over Chavez: Opposition
[BREITBART] Venezuela's government is flat-out lying to its people about cancer-stricken His Excellency President-for-Life, Caudillo of the Bolivarians Hugo Chavez's health, the country's leading opposition figure charged Sunday.
"The people are being told bald-faced lies about the situation the president is in," Henrique Capriles, who lost last October's presidential race to Chavez, said at a ceremony in Miranda state of which he is governor.
Longtime leader Chavez, 58, is convalescing from cancer surgery in Cuba and has not been heard from since his latest operation December 11.
Venezuela's government has said the absent leader suffered a lung infection following his treatment that he subsequently conquered. Officials have also said that Chavez is signing documents, and even cracking jokes with aides.
For many Venezuelans, however, the idea of Chavez -- a garrulous and bombastic leader who typically is seen for several hours at a time every day, without fail, on state radio and television, in addition to being a big Twitter user -- choosing to be silent is simply unthinkable.
"The government is lying right in your face, telling bald-faced lies, because why would a person who can sign letters, who can tell jokes, not speak to the nation?" Capriles asked in damning tone.
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on Thursday that Chavez was making progress in his recovery from cancer surgery, but faced a tough battle ahead.
And on Saturday, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Chavez had entered a phase of "complementary treatment to combat his illness."
Maduro, Chavez's handpicked political heir, did not say if that meant more radiation therapy, chemotherapy or some alternative cancer care and no date was given for when the president will return to Caracas.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-29