Venezuela’s Chávez swearing in could be delayed by illness

December 25, 2012

CARACAS – Venezuela’s ruling party and an opposition leader were in rare agreement on Monday that President Hugo Chávez’s January 10 inauguration could be delayed if he is still recovering from cancer surgery.

The firebrand leftist leader is experiencing a “slight improvement” in his condition as he follows doctors’ orders to rest following his most recent operation in Cuba, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said.

Speaking in a radio and television address, Villegas said the president is in touch with his closest relatives and has been analyzing the results of regional elections on December 16, in which the ruling party won 20 of 23 governorships, snatching four states previously held by the opposition.

Chávez, 58, has been in power since 1999. He won another six-year term in October’s presidential election, and is scheduled to be sworn in on January 10, but his health has raised concerns over the future of his leftist movement.

Officials have never disclosed the type or severity of Chávez’s cancer, which was first diagnosed in June 2011, and he only designated a successor — Vice President Nicolás Maduro — earlier this month.

Maduro said Monday that Chávez could be sworn in by Supreme Court justices, which could pave the way for an oath from Cuba, where the president is recovering from his latest cancer treatment.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said he was ready to accept a possible delay in the inauguration.

“If the president cannot be present on January 10 to take the oath of office before the National Assembly, the constitution has the answers,” said Capriles, who lost the presidential election in October to Chavez.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture
Central America
10 views
Central America
10 views

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture

AFP - April 23, 2019

One Nicaraguan guard pinned his hand to a table with his knee while another ripped out a nail with a…

Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free education
Costa Rica
5 views
Costa Rica
5 views

Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free education

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 22, 2019

Costa Rica on Monday celebrated 150 years of free, obligatory and state-paid education with a ceremony at the Escuela Jesús…

Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura
Soccer
7 views
Soccer
7 views

Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura

AFP and The Tico Times - April 21, 2019

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense tied 2-2 against the reigning champion, Club Sport Herediano, and was eliminated from the semifinals of the…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!