The President has not resigned
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002
Translation of document written by the legal Ministry of Venezuela
Caracas, April 12, 2002
Translated by Lori Zett
The Ministers denounce the coup against Chavez and warn that the President has not resigned.
The ministers called on the Governors and on the Federal Councils of the Government to defend the constitutionality.
The de facto Junta "is violating the constitutional framework of the country."
Two ministers of the President, Hugo Chavez Friasí Cabinet denounced that the national power has launched a coup against the State with the President of Fedecameras, Pedro Carmona Estanga at the head.
The titular [leaders] of Labor, María Cristina Iglesias, and Education, Aristóbulo Istúriz, explained that the elected President was [forcefully] removed from the Palace of Miraflores at approximately 4:00 a.m. today by a group of Generals, and taken by force to the Tiuna Fortress. "They wanted to convince President Chavez to resign, but he refused consistently. Chavez did not renounce. Chavez does not want to leave the country; if they say he left, itís because they removed him by force from Venezuela," Iglesias warned. "To say he is going to renounce is the game that those who have carried out the coup enact in order to pretend that there was no coup.
"The President has shown that he was incapable of using armed forces against the people." MORE