Published January 18, 2013
CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's vice president has inaugurated new public housing and a public school as he fills in for ailing President Hugo Chavez.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro and other Cabinet ministers are maintaining a steady presence at televised events this week while Chavez remains out of sight in Cuba more than five weeks after cancer surgery.
Maduro attended the opening of a housing project in Caracas on Thursday, and on Friday opened a school in Chavez's home state of Barinas alongside the president's elder brother, Adan.
Those and other appearances by government officials appeared aimed at projecting an image of a government in action even without the presence of a president who usually presides over such events.
Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez told reporters that the government "hasn't stopped, not one minute."