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Monday 21 April 2014

Chavez too ill to attend his swearing-in

THE Venezuelan government has announced that Hugo Chavez will not be able to attend a scheduled swearing-in tomorrow.

The country's Supreme Court is poised to rule on whether Mr Chavez can continue in power despite fact that he will miss the ceremony. A constitutional crisis is looming as President Chavez lies in a hospital bed in Cuba and the matter has put parliamentarians at loggerheads.

Mr Chavez, who is being treated at a medical centre in Havana having suffered complications following cancer surgery, was due to take a new oath of office tomorrow.

But his closest aides have called for a postponement of the ceremony, calling it a 'mere formality' and asking for the status quo to continue until their leader has a chance to recover.

Opposition groups have insisted that such a move would be against the constitution, which states that new elections must be held within 30 days if the president dies or becomes "incapacitated." Temporary power is set to be handed to Vice President Nicolas Maduro. (© Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent

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