The future for Venezuela is uncertain today as reports have surfaced that the health of
President Chavez has been deteriorating. The BBC has reported in an article today, Dec. 31, 2012, Hugo Chavez: Venezuela leader suffers 'new complications.' In a televised report from Cuba, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro has said Mr Chavez is in a "delicate state".
On December 11, 2012, Mr Chavez underwent his fourth cancer operation, but he suffered a respiratory infection. Mr Chavez has been in power since 1999 and he is due to be sworn
in on January 10, 2013 for another six-year term. Following the announcement of Mr Maduro, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas appeared in a special programme on Venezuelan TV, wherein he called on Venezuelans not to believe rumours about the president's health. He said, "Do not get carried away with things on Twitter, you cannot play with Commander Chavez's health, it is a matter that affects the lives of others. We must act very responsibly, particularly those of us who communicate through mass media."
The Telegraph has also reported on the poor health of Chavez, Venezuela fearing the worst amid reports Hugo Chavez is close to death. Venezuela has been plunged into a state of uncertainty as the South American nation was urged to "pray" for Hugo Chavez amid speculation the cancer-strick president was close to death. Venezuelan authorities cancelled a New Year's Eve concert in a downtown plaza and Ernesto Villegas, who is Venezuela's minister of information, urged families "to ring in the New Year at home, praying and expressing hope for the health" of Chavez.