Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a television program, in Caracas, on Jan. 4, 2013. Venezuela's cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez can continue in office even if he is unable to be sworn in to a new term on January 10 as scheduled, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Friday. (Xinhua/Venezuela's Presidency)
CARACAS, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's scheduled swearing-in for his new term on Jan. 10 will be put off if his health condition does not allow it, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Friday.
Chavez can take the oath of office at a later date and "the formality of his swearing-in can be resolved in the Supreme Court," Maduro said in an interview with state TV.
He argued that the constitution gives the flexibility for rearranging the swearing-in ceremony.
A Venezuelan official said on Thursday that Chavez, who had a fourth round of cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11, was still suffering from a "severe" lung infection that had caused breathing difficulties.
Since June 2011, Chavez has been fighting an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer, which has sparked shifting rumors.
According to the Venezuelan Constitution, an early presidential election will be called within 30 days should Chavez be unable to return to power.
CARACAS, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still suffering from a "severe" lung infection that has caused breathing difficulties as he struggles to recover from a Dec. 11 cancer surgery in Cuba, officials said on Thursday.
"Commander Chavez has faced complications as a result of a severe lung infection," Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a national broadcast. Full story
CARACAS, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fully aware of the complexity of his condition three weeks after cancer surgery in Cuba, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday.
Chavez, who has been fighting an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer since June 2011, was "totally conscious of the complexity of his post-operative condition" and faced the illness with courage and dignity, Maduro said in a televised interview in Cuba. Full story