Earlier today, in his VTV show Contacto con Maduro, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro made a statement that will have rung some bells…
“I put in aristóbulo’s hands, as el comandante put in mine, the stewardship of the patria“
While Maduro lacks the showmanship and charisma of his predecessor, and this scene lacked the exposure of a cadena nacional and the raw emotionality of a President’s dying words, it’s nonetheless relevant.
This is Maduro signalling that, against rumours, there’s no new VP appointment in the cards. What’s more, he did it in the same style —and indeed, heavy-handedly referencing— the moment Chávez passed the baton to him. To wit:
Now, what does this mean? Is he sending a message to Diosdado to get off campaign mode? Is he signalling plans to resign?
Who knows, maybe the guy has colon cancer.