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Chavez rival warns on brewing conflicts

Christopher Toothaker Caracas

Published 07/01/2013 | 05:00

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. Photo: AP

A STERN opponent of Hugo Chavez (pictured) has alleged that conflicts are brewing within Venezuela's ruling party.

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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".

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