Caracas, AVN .- It was not a farewell. Outside the Miraflores Presidential Palace gathered civilians, guards and soldiers who work at the seat of government to say in unison “Onward Commander” before Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez setting off the country for Cuba to undergo chemotherapy treatment.
All squashed together at the doors of the seat of government, some of them trying to hide their excitement wiping tears away, people who have accompanied the President along several years gathered to express their solidarity with a smiling Chavez who ratified his commitment of “continue struggling in this second phase of the treatment.”
“I am obliged to live and I will live!,” said the President before getting into the vehicle which would take him to the International Airport Simon Bolivar, in Maiquetia.
“Thanks for so much love, many sleepless nights for this humble soldier of the Homeland. All these sacrifices at the service of the Homeland compel me not to fail to you,” added Chavez, who had previously held a meeting with the politburo of Venezuela”s Unified Socialist Party (PSUV), which concluded with songs played with the most traditional instruments of the country.
Since 2:00 hours in the afternoon, the facilities of the Ayacucho Hall of the Presidential Palace were a hotbed of emotions. Deputies, governors and PSUV militants walked between the two lines of chairs awaiting for the chairman of the party, who appeared half an hour later, after heading a Cabinet meeting.
After having heard the content of a letter addressed by the PSUV board of directors and reviewing the strategic lines of the party, Chavez concluded the act inviting the Youth Minister Maria del Pilar Hernandez to sing a couple of songs.
In the hall, everybody sang at the top of their voices the “Gentle song for a brave people,” from artist Ali Primera, and amid applause, the President encouraged to take a microphone to devote a poem to the Venezuelan people.
Happiness burst out at the sound of the Alma Llanera, the country”s second national anthem, sang while attendants approached the platform to greet Chavez, who visibly excited shook the hands of his comrades.
“I”ll be in the same Homeland”
Already in Maiquetia and about to begin his trip to Cuba, Chavez ratified that he will keep constant contact with all the members of his government and that it is not a farewell because he will be “in the same Homeland, the Great Homeland.”
“I will be on the alert, every single minute, of the internal events and in permanent contact through different ways with Mr Executive Vice-president Elias Jaua, vice-presidents of government, whom I address a warm embrace,” Chavez said.
The National Assembly approved last Saturday afternoon a permission for President Chavez to travel to Havana, where he will begin the second phase of his medical treatment after undergoing a surgery about a month ago to remove a cancerous tumor.
“I will come back and continue walking this new phase of my life with the greatest will of living together with you, living with the Venezuelan nation in times of resurrection. It is not the time of dying, it is time of living,” concluded the President before taking his plane, with a sound “Until victory forever!”