AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth speaks to CCTV about President Hugo Chávez’s unexpected return to Venezuela after spending two month in Cuba for cancer treatment. Chávez’s homecoming has not quelled the uncertainty surrounding his delicate health and potential return to power. “He had to return to Venezuela, otherwise the claim that he was president of Venezuela became increasingly difficult to sustain," Farnsworth notes. "He needed to show that he is indeed alive." Farnsworth also explains what Chávez’s presence in Venezuela means for his administration, saying that the president's return "buys time and gives credibility to the idea that the government can continue in any form."
Tuesday, February 19, 2013