Venezuelan VP: Medical team to decide when the president will be sworn in
The Venezuelan vice-president remarked that if Chávez's constitutional permission is extended after January 10, the Constitution shall govern. Should that be the case, Hugo Chávez may be sworn in by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ)
Notwithstanding, Maduro did not respond whether the TSJ would travel to the Venezuelan Embassy in Havana, Cuba, where the leader has been taking rest since he underwent surgery on December 11. The vice-president remarked that the president would be sworn in whenever his medical team or Chávez himself decides.
In an attempt to justify the possibility of postponing the swear-in ceremony, Maduro claimed "continuity" to the Government's leadership.
In reply to the question of whether the TSJ would travel to Cuba, the vice-president said, "We cannot prompt speculations. We must rely on certainty; that is, that the president has been granted a constitution permission (given by the National Assembly).
Maduro stated that if the permission given to the Venezuelan leader before he left for Cuba is extended (after January 10), then the Constitution will govern.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.