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.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.