TSJ dismisses petition for Congress' speaker to take office on January 10
Other two petitions on who is to lead Venezuela given Hugo Chávez's no-show for his inauguration still await the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ)
The TSJ's Constitutional Court ruled against an action for constitutional protection and a petition of construction of Article 231 of the Constitution, which were introduced by lawyer Otoniel Pautt Andrade. Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello has insisted that he will not fill the temporary absence of the Venezuelan leader. Cabello has also remarked that Chávez will take office whenever he can before the TSJ.
The TSJ's decision –drafter by Justice Francisco Carrasquero- is based on the grounds that both actions have to be solved through "different and incompatible procedures."
Other two petitions on who is to lead the country given Hugo Chávez's no-show for his inauguration still await the TSJ's ruling.
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.