Global media highlight suspension of Chávez's inauguration
Venezuela is in the spotlight of global news media, after the country's top court endorsed the continuity of President Hugo Chávez's government despite his absence and the way the National Assembly granted him a permit to "take the time he needs" to recover from a new cancer operation, with his absence being neither temporary nor permanent
In an editorial, El País noted, "Hugo Chávez's illness has become a political absurdity. This is demonstrated by the fact that the Supreme Tribunal yesterday (January 9) endorsed the 'administrative continuity' that exempts the reelected president from taking oath, today (January 10), before the National Assembly. "
The newspaper stressed that Venezuela "does not have 'all the time'. The president's illness is leading to the postponement of vital decisions regarding currency devaluation, in order to seek the recovery of the economy, which has been disastrously managed by the regime."
Meanwhile, BBC explained, "the day Chávez should have been sworn in" his followers are staging a massive rally in Caracas to support their leader on the day of his "non inauguration."
French newspaper Le Figaro, in turn, published an article entitled "Chávez Day in Caracas without Chávez," referring to Chávez's supporters rallying downtown Caracas.
Italian newspaper Il Corriere Della Sera suggests that Chávez's cancer could "put an end to 14 years in power."
Additionally, US newspaper El Nuevo Herald website reported, "the Venezuelan government tries to perpetuate itself in power without Chávez." This article refers of "the move" the Venezuelan government made stay in power through Nicolás Maduro in "a transition process plagued by internal cracks."
The New York Times noted that "Chávez, or at least his (presidential) sash, prepares for inauguration." The newspaper notes that Chávez's cabinet does not rule a swearing-in ceremony from Havana, after "Chávez's allies" decided they can govern in his absence.
Latin American newspapers, such as Colombia's El Espectador and Argentina's Clarín, also referred to the situation in Venezuela.
Even Qatari Al Jazeera reported, "Venezuela postpones Chavez's inauguration.
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.