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.
Venezuela’s Chavez will not be sworn in Thursday
January 9, 2013 by