A STERN opponent of Hugo Chavez (pictured) has alleged that conflicts are brewing within Venezuela's ruling party.
He also claimed that differences between the president's close confidants have prompted them to postpone the socialist leader's inauguration.
Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges told a news conference yesterday that a rivalry between Vice President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello was behind the postponement of Chavez's January 10 swearing-in ceremony.
Chavez has not been able to return to Venezuela from Cuba following a December 11 operation, his fourth surgery for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer.
The government revealed last week that Chavez is fighting a severe lung infection and receiving treatment for "respiratory deficiency".