9 January 2013, 02:09

Chávez inauguration delayed

Chávez inauguration delayed

The inauguration of ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, earlier scheduled for January 10, has been delayed, France Presse reports, citing a statement to this effect from the country’s parliamentary speaker.

The National Assembly of Venezuela has granted Hugo Chavez’s request for postponing his swearing-in until a later date.

Chavez was due to have been sworn in on January 10th . According to the speaker of the Venezuelan Parliament Diosdado Cabello, the Head of State has been granted any time he may need to fully recover and return home.

Chavez will thus continue his medical treatment in Cuba, while acting for him will be his Vice-President, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.

The Venezuelan leader is still fighting against complications that emerged in the wake of his cancer surgery.

His doctors said Chavez currently has respiratory infection.

Voice of Russia, AP, TASS

Chavez to hang on as President despite illness - official

Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chavez will continue as head of state even though he proves unable, due to health reasons, to attend his inauguration, scheduled for January 10, Prosecutor General Cilia Flores said in televized remarks on Monday.

Chaves, 58, is currently in Cuba recuperating after his fourth cancer surgery performed late last month.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro earlier said that the January 10 inauguration was a pure formality and, as such, could be postponed to a later date.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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