The swearing in ceremony of Hugo Chávez ,Venezuela’s cancer-stricken president has been extended to another date beyond January 10,2013 as the opposition pressures government that Chavez’s term officially ends on January 10 .
Venezuelan parliamentarians voted on Tuesday to postpone the inauguration of ailing President Hugo Chavez for his new term, prompting complaints from opponents who called it a violation of the constitution.
Mr. Chavez’s congressional allies, who hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly, agreed with a government proposal for Mr. Chavez to be sworn in at a later date before the Supreme Court.
Mr Chavez had requested to be sworn in at a later date before the Supreme Court, according to Article 231 of the Constitution.He is in hospital in Cuba after cancer surgery, and has suffered complications caused by a lung infection.
“On the recommendation of his medical team, the process of post-operation recuperation will have to be prolonged beyond 10 January, [as a result of which] he will be unable to present himself on this date to the National Assembly.” The speaker of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabellohe said, reading a letter from Vice President Nicolas Maduro.
Earlier, Vice-President Nicolas Maduro had confirmed that Mr Chavez would be unable to attend the ceremony.
Tensions between the government and opposition have been building in a constitutional dispute over whether the ailing president’s swearing-in can legally be postponed. The president underwent his fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba last month and hasn’t spoken publicly in a month.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said earlier Tuesday that Chavez’s current term constitutionally ends Thursday and that the Supreme Court should rule in the matter.
Other opposition leaders have argued that the inauguration cannot legally be put off and that the National Assembly president should take over as interim president if Chavez hasn’t returned from Cuba on inauguration day.
President Chavez, who has been in power since 1999, was re-elected in October for a fourth term.