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Venezuela's sick Chavez misses own inauguration bash

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

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...more

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
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Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the...more

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the...more

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Luisa Estella Morales (R), President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), and magistrate Francisco Carrasquero attend a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Luisa Estella Morales (R), President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), and magistrate Francisco Carrasquero attend a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a...more

Luisa Estella Morales (R), President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), and magistrate Francisco Carrasquero attend a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A girl 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

A girl 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...more

A girl 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
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A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the...more

A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the...more

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), arrives at a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) magistrates attend a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. The head of Venezuela's Supreme Court said on Wednesday the postponement of Hugo Chavez's planned December 10 inauguration for a new presidential term was constitutionally legitimate. Luisa Morales, the court's president, gave the judgment at a news conference, saying no new swearing-in was necessary and Chavez remained Venezuela's president, with Nicolas Maduro also continuing in his role as vice-president. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) magistrates attend a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. The head of Venezuela's Supreme Court said on Wednesday the postponement of Hugo Chavez's planned December 10 inauguration for a new...more

Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) magistrates attend a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. The head of Venezuela's Supreme Court said on Wednesday the postponement of Hugo Chavez's planned December 10 inauguration for a new presidential term was constitutionally legitimate. Luisa Morales, the court's president, gave the judgment at a news conference, saying no new swearing-in was necessary and Chavez remained Venezuela's president, with Nicolas Maduro also continuing in his role as vice-president. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), attends a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. The head of Venezuela's Supreme Court said on Wednesday the postponement of Hugo Chavez's planned December 10 inauguration for a new presidential term was constitutionally legitimate. Luisa Morales, the court's president, gave the judgment at a news conference, saying no new swearing-in was necessary and Chavez remained Venezuela's president, with Nicolas Maduro also continuing in his role as vice-president. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), attends a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. The head of Venezuela's Supreme Court said on Wednesday the postponement of Hugo Chavez's planned December 10...more

Luisa Estella Morales, President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), attends a news conference in Caracas January 9, 2013. The head of Venezuela's Supreme Court said on Wednesday the postponement of Hugo Chavez's planned December 10 inauguration for a new presidential term was constitutionally legitimate. Luisa Morales, the court's president, gave the judgment at a news conference, saying no new swearing-in was necessary and Chavez remained Venezuela's president, with Nicolas Maduro also continuing in his role as vice-president. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A woman walks past a mural depicting (from L) South American independence leader Simon Bolivar, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, revolutionary leader, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and Jesus Christ in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A woman walks past a mural depicting (from L) South American independence leader Simon Bolivar, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, revolutionary leader, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and Jesus Christ in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the...more

A woman walks past a mural depicting (from L) South American independence leader Simon Bolivar, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, revolutionary leader, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and Jesus Christ in Caracas January 9, 2013. Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said on Tuesday, another sign the socialist leader's cancer may be bringing an end to his 14 years in power. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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