The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects in the strongest terms the declarations made by United States State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland on February 19, 2013, which constitute a new and rude interference by the government in Washington in the internal affairs of Venezuela.
The statements by this U.S. government spokesperson are in perfect keeping with the destabilizing and corrupt discourse of the Venezuelan right wing, which puts in evidence once again this bourgeoisie’s subordination to imperial interests. The speculations by said spokesperson regarding the situation of President Hugo Chávez and the institutions of Venezuela have generated deep indignation among the Venezuelan people, who today accompany the president with enthusiasm and a sense of affection.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela upholds the rule of law and justice, and is blessed with solid institutions that, by the sovereign will of the Venezuelan people, are enshrined in the constitution of 1999. In the framework of the democratic revolution constructed by popular power over the last 14 years, the only transition being proposed is the transition toward Bolivarian socialism under the leadership of the revolutionary government of Commander Hugo Chávez.
Caracas, February 20, 2013