Solicitor General: President Chávez is in office
Cilia Flores described President Hugo Chávez's surgery for cancer in Havana, Cuba, as a supervened situation
Such article reads as follows: "The candidate elected shall take office as President of the Republic on January 10 of the first year of his constitutional term, by taking an oath before the National Assembly. If for any supervening reason, the person elected President of the Republic cannot be sworn in before the National Assembly, he shall take the oath of office before the Supreme Tribunal of Justice."
In this context, Flores said in an interview with multi-state television network Telesur that the operation for cancer that was performed on President Chávez in Havana, Cuba, on December 11, is considered a supervening reason, state-run news agency AVN quoted.
"Chavez underwent surgery and is now in the post-operative stage; he is recovering (...) This is a supervened situation, force majeure, and he has to do it (take his oath of office) later, before the Supreme Tribunal of Justice," she explained.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.