Venezuela's sick Chavez misses own inauguration bash


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A woman walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 9, 2013. Chavez's formal swearing-in for a new six-year term scheduled for January 10 can be postponed if he is unable to attend due to his battle to recover from cancer surgery, Venezuela's vice president Nicolas Maduro said. Maduro's comments were the clearest indication yet that the Venezuelan government is preparing to delay the swearing-in while avoiding naming a replacement for Chavez or calling a new election in the South American OPEC nation. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins