Venezuela’s Chavez will not be sworn in Thursday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – President Hugo Chavez of Argentina will not be sworn in for a fourth term in office Thursday 10 January, as scheduled. The president, who was first elected in 1999, is recovering from a series of cancer-related operations and he is currently being treated for a lung infection. He asked parliament to delay the swearing-in ceremony and MPs voted Tuesday to give him the time he needs. The inauguration is a political hot potato, with the government insisting it is a formality for an elected leader, while the opposition (and the United States) argue that according to the constitution, he must be present on 10 January or hold new elections.

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