Venezuelans prayed for their president Hugo Chavez this week as word leaked out that the former paratrooper is battling a very severe respiratory infection
Jan 05, 2013 – Venezuelans prayed for their president Hugo Chavez this week as word leaked out that the former paratrooper is battling a very severe respiratory infection. The Vice President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said that Chavez could take the oath office for his upcoming term in front of the country’s Supreme Court as a later date than the scheduled January 10, if Chavez is not fit enough to return to the country prior to then.
Maduro sent the government’s strongest signal as of yet that they might seek to postpone the inauguration of Chavez as the president fights the infection in a hospital in Cuba three weeks after his latest cancer surgery.
On national television, Maduro made the announcement about Chavez, which generated even more friction between the Chavez government and its opposition over the upcoming swearing in.
The constitution says the swearing in should take place on January 10 in front of the National Assembly. Some leaders of the opposition parties argue that if President Chavez cannot return to Caracas in time for the January 10 swearing in, then the National Assembly president should become the interim president of the country.
The Chavez government holds the advantage in the situation since they control Congress and because of the compassion for the president due to his serious illness. Maduro and the Venezuelan government have interpreted the Constitution very loosely, said one political analyst, using it to his political advantage.
Rumors about Chavez’s health have abounded over the last couple of days. Some say he has already died, others say he is in a coma while the majority said he is recovery from his respiratory infection.