CARACAS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- As Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez recovers from a cancer surgery in Cuba, his closest aides, allies and intellectuals are rallying around the ailing head of state.
National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello said Monday some "friendly" state leaders will travel to the capital Caracas to show their support on Thursday, the day Chavez was scheduled to be sworn in as president for another six-year term.
"Friendly presidents, heads of government, and prime ministers are coming to Venezuela to show their solidarity with Commander Hugo Chavez, with the people and with the Constitution," Cabello told reporters.
He also urged Chavez supporters to attend a mass rally in front of the presidential palace on Thursday to counter street protests organized by conservative opposition parties, which maintained that postponing the president's swearing in ceremony goes against the Constitution.
Separately, government spokesmen said Monday that Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez planned to visit Chavez at his bedside to check out his recovery progress.
Fernandez "will make a stopover in Havana, Cuba, to know about the state of health" of the Venezuelan leader, they said, citing a statement from her office.
In Havana, the Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity called on people around the world on Monday to express their support for Chavez by signing an online "get well soon" card.
More than 2,200 people from 90 countries, including Argentina's Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel and U.S. actor-activist Danny Glover, have signed the message, network member Luis Morlote told reporters.
"Difficult times are always a wonderful opportunity to bolster the best convictions and highest values" of humanity, the message reads, along with hopes of a speedy recovery.
Miguel Barnet, president of Cuba's Union of Writers and Artists, said the initiative helps show Chavez and the people of Venezuela are not alone while "right-wing factions manipulate the situation."
Venezuela's Ambassador to Cuba Edgardo Ramirez said a daily show of solidarity with Chavez and Venezuela came not just from Cuba, but from around the world, which included poems, paintings and letters from people of all ages, from children to adults.
Chavez remains hospitalized in Havana after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery in his pelvic region and contracting a lung infection.
His aides maintain that Chavez, who was reelected to another six-year term in October, can be sworn in at a later date.
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