It quoted a former unnamed Mexican diplomat. He "met" Maduro. He "wasn't impressed."
"He lacks experience, and will have a hard time holding things together," he said.
In 1998, Chavez was largely unknown. He accepted the challenge. The rest is history. If called on, Maduro understands what's at stake. His Bolivarian commitment motivates him to carry the torch responsibly.
On January 4, the Havana Times headlined "Hugo Chavez Battles for Life in Cuba."
Report content belied the above headline. It quoted Maduro saying Chavez retains "the same fighting spirit (and) strength with his usual energy and confidence."
A serious lung infection slowed recovery. It caused breathing difficulties. It requires sticking with "strict medical treatment."
A press release was quoted, saying:
"The government of Venezuela reiterates its confidence in Chavez's medical team, which maintains an ongoing monitoring of the evolution of the patient and has acted with the utmost thoroughness with each difficulty presented."