Venezuela's Chavez to miss scheduled swearing-in: government

CARACAS Tue Jan 8, 2013 4:31pm EST

A child walks past a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A child walks past a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 8, 2013.

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will miss Thursday's scheduled swearing-in ceremony for his third term due to health problems, the government said in a letter to Congress read out on Tuesday.

Chavez has not been heard from since undergoing his fourth cancer surgery in Cuba on December 11, and officials have described his condition as delicate.

(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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TomMariner wrote:
Naw, he’ll be there! Just as in “Weekend at Bernies”, his faithful staff will be behind him providing the animation.

Jan 08, 2013 5:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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