He won’t attend his inauguration on Thursday

By Circles Robinson

From Chavez successful presidential campaign. Photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not attend inauguration day ceremonies this Thursday, January 10, in Caracas, under doctor’s orders to remain for continued around-the-clock treatment in Cuba.

“The president has asked that it be made public that according to the recommendations of his medical team… the post operation recovery period must extend beyond January 10th,” states a letter VP Nicolas Maduro sent to the National Assembly and read by its chair Diosdado Cabello.

Based on the latest reports from the government on Chavez’s health, the announcement didn’t surprise anyone, said Abraham Zamorano, the BBC Mundo correspondent in Caracas.

While the swearing in ceremony will be postponed, the governing United Socialist Unity Party (PSUV) has called a mass rally in support of their convalescing leader.

Bolivian President Evo Morales and Uruguay’s Jose Mujica are expected to be present for the gathering in Caracas in solidarity with Chavez and his people, noted BBC Mundo.

The opposition and its leader Henrique Capriles have been asking for clarification on the health status of Chavez, thus far a closely guarded secret.

The charismatic president, who won reelection on October 7 with 55% of the vote, has not been seen or heard from since his December 11 surgery, his fourth in a year and a half in his fight against cancer in an undisclosed location of his “pelvic region”.



13 thoughts on “Chavez to Remain in Cuba under Treatment

  • This is what the Venezuelan Constitution says:

    Article 231: The president-elect shall take office on 10 January… by taking an oath before the National Assembly. If for any reason, (they) cannot be sworn in before the National Assembly, they shall take the oath of office before the Supreme Court.

    Article 233: When an elected president becomes absolutely absent prior to inauguration (1), a new election… shall be held within 30 days… Pending (this), the president of the National Assembly will assume responsibility for the presidency of the Republic.

    Article 234: When the president is temporarily unable to serve (2), they shall be replaced by the… vice-president for a period of up to 90 days, which may be extended by resolution of the National Assembly for an additional 90 days.

    The legally seems to turn on those two key Articles, 233 & 234.

    If Chavez is “temporarily unable to serve”, he may be replaced by the vice-president (Maduro) for a period of up to 90 days. The crucial point being “temporarily”. Does anybody seriously believe Chavez is only temporarily absent? He is gravely ill and dying, if not already expired. he is not coming back to office. Therefore his absence is not temporary, it is absolute. In which case, Article 233 pertains:

    “When an elected president becomes absolutely absent prior to inauguration (1), a new election… shall be held within 30 days…”

    Constitutionally, an election must be called.

    “Pending (this), the president of the National Assembly will assume responsibility for the presidency of the Republic.”

    Constitutionally, Cabello should be serving as acting president, not Maduro.

    This is why a medical board must be formed to determine the true state of health of Hugo Chavez. Absurdly, the TSJ has ruled that there is no absence of Chavez temporal or absolute! He has been incommunicado in a Cuban hospital for several weeks, but they clam that doesn’t make him absent from Venezuela and his duties. Could there be a statement more clear than that, that the seat of power is not Caracas but Havana?

  • I recognize that Chavez won the election and (so far) I have not heard anything saying the TSJ ruling is invalid or unjustified.

    But you must admit it is odd that there have been no video images of Chavez since the operation and nobody except for his closest political allies and family have seen him. We have zero evidence he is actually alive. At the very least he is gravely ill and they know it. I do not expect Chavez will be returning to office. Period.

    It looks like the powers that be would prefer to avoid a messy election and have a risk free transition to a government led by Maduro. Let us hope the election on December 11th will not prove to be Venezuela’s last one.

  • Because this ruling is in responce to two briefs filed by the opposition starting some 10 days ago, that did not request one and everyone knows he went to Cuba for treatment.

    Now who is it that does not want to follow the constitutionally process, the TSJ and transparently?

    Check out the National Enquier or Voltaire Network for your conspiracy news.


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