Photo: VENEZUELA: Chavez 'Cancer Travel' to Cuba Has Cost the Country $12 million in Less Than a Year
According Carlos Berrizbeitia, a political opponent of the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez’s cancer treatment has cost the country millions of dollars.
Between travel for both himself and his delegation to Cuba as well as whatever medical treatment he is receiving, Chavez has reportedly cost Venezuela $12 million. Air travel to Havana alone has cost the country $1.7 million says Berrizbeitia.
At a meeting of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Berrizbeitia stated that the health of the President “is a personal problem and as it is a problem of the State, he also has to ensure the country’s sovereignty. He has infringed the national sovereignty by governing from Cuba.”
Of the last 340 days, President Chavez has reportedly spent 240 in Cuba.
“He has made all of these because he does not delegate power… It is not normal that a president continues to rule from another country,” Berrizbeitia added. “The governments priority are not the problems of Venezuela, instead they want Chavez alive for October 7.”
October 7 is the day Venezuela will hold its presidential elections. If Chavez is elected once again, should his health improve and he is fit to serve a full six-year term, he will have served 20 years as president.
On 13 April, Chávez claimed that presidential opponent Capriles Radonski was behind a conspiracy against his government. He also predicted he would win with at least 70% of the votes come October and that should the opposition not recognize the results, he had created a civil-military command to neutralize any of the opposition’s plans to defy the them.