Hugo Chavez Won't Be Sworn In As Venezuela's President On Thursday

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Take a deep breath, Doral, Weston, and every other Venezuelan enclave in Miami: As of Thursday, Hugo Chavez will technically no longer be president of your homeland. Chavez's allies confirmed this afternoon that he's not healthy enough to come back from Cuba for his swearing in ceremony on January 10. According to the opposition, that means Chavez won't assume the presidency as his last term ends.

Of course, Chavistas disagree. They argue the inauguration date can be postponed until Chavez is well enough to come back to Caracas.

No one is quite sure what's going to go down on Thursday. Chavez's allies, including his VP, Nicolas Maduro, argue that the constitution gives the option of swearing in at a later date before the Supreme Court.

But Henrique Capriles, the opposition leader who lost to Chavez three months ago, is crying foul. He says the constitution explicitly says the president has to be sworn in on January 10, and has called on the courts to weigh in.

"The Supreme Court has to take a position on what the text of the constitution says," Capriles tells the AP. "There is no monarchy here, and we aren't in Cuba."

One thing is clear: Chavez indeed must be seriously ill in Havana to miss the swearing in. The government claims he's "stable" but admits he's suffering a "severe respiratory infection."

If he's unable to come back to Venezuela in the long term, Chavez has apparently endorsed a plan for Diosdado Cabello, the chairman of the National Assembly, to temporarily take power until his handpicked successor, Maduro, can call for new elections.

As for Thursday, we'll all have to wait and see what happens in Caracas. All we know for sure is that Chavez himself won't be there.

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Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

Yay! Maybe now the Venezuelan flags may disappear from Aventura and Pembroke Pines too

Mario Trevino
Mario Trevino

The death of Chavez will mean nothing. Everything will continue in his name. Until the opposition grows enough balls to take on the Chavistas nothing will change. It will be just like the Cubans in Miami. A bunch of bitching and complaining waiting for someone else to take care of the problem. This is something the Venezuelans are going to have to do themselves. As long as the cult of Chavez lives, the Chavistas will rule the country. The fanatics of Chavez can justify all the ills of the country and blame it on someone else. None of Venezuelas problems is Chaves' fault as far as they are concerned. Like I said, his death means absolutely nothing. The PSUV will continue to rule the country. Standing by for incoming.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

who cares....another banana republic loser....maybe if he croaks well see a mass exodus. doral could do without a few venezuelan flags.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Barbara, do you have any info regarding this? A link maybe?

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

The screaming meemies on Calle Ocho didn't seem to know (or pretend not to). Raul Castro has as much power in Cuba as Elizabeth Windsor has in England.

Barbara Maria Gonzalez
Barbara Maria Gonzalez

Yes indeed. You know it Bill. I figure any man that can kill his own sister's boy in cold blood while she's on her knees begging, because he did not want to join his party must not be someone I would want as my leader. Scary.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Cuba has had a moratorium on the death penalty since 2001. There's a bill before the Cuban National Assembly to abolish it permanently.

Barbara Maria Gonzalez
Barbara Maria Gonzalez

I hear you Bill and agree. That's like a few years ago when people were rallying on SW 8th Street that Fidel Castro was dead and a friend's friend asked me "Arent you glad?" I was like "excuse me, don't you know his brother Raul is even worse--a military man that executes." Castro is still around....plus those people rallying were more of the younger generation of those who had more recently left Cuba, and the person who asked me was a recent arrival from a third world country. If he's not "acting in full capacity", am sure he has someone or others ready to continue the job for him.

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Worshipers of death, not so fast ... MADURO: CHÁVEZ IS ACTING IN FULL CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT ***Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro on Monday insisted that Hugo Chavez "is acting in full capacity" as president of Venezuela. Maduro said that Article 231 of the Constitution provides that if Chávez fails to be sworn in on January 10, "the Supreme Tribunal of Justice may set a new date and swear in the president." He stressed, however, that "the president and his government are acting in full capacity and will continue to work for the country." He reiterated that the opposition seeks to manipulate the Constitution. He described as a "distorted view" the stance of the opposition in connection with President Hugo Chávez's inauguration date. In this regard, he asked people to remain calm and reject calls to a civic strike.*** http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/130107/maduro-chavez-is-acting-in-full-capacity-as-president

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Right you are, Mario. The story has been corrected. Thanks!

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