Maduro: Chávez is acting in full capacity as president
He described as a "distorted view" the stance of the opposition in connection with President Hugo Chávez's inauguration date
Maduro said that Article 231 of the Constitution provides that if Chávez fails to be sworn in on January 10, "the Supreme Tribunal of Justice may set a new date and swear in the president." He stressed, however, that "the president and his government are acting in full capacity and will continue to work for the country."
He reiterated that the opposition seeks to manipulate the Constitution. He described as a "distorted view" the stance of the opposition in connection with President Hugo Chávez's inauguration date.
In this regard, he asked people to remain calm and reject calls to a civic strike.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."