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Venezuela's sick Chavez misses own inauguration bash

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attend a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attend a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attend a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)

Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)

Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)
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Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELAPOLITICS HEALTH - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS)

Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his...more

Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELAPOLITICS HEALTH - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS)
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Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)

Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters...more

Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and his Uruguayan counterpart Jose Mujica attend a rally in support of President Hugo Chavez outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)
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A supporter of President Hugo Chavez holds up a portrait of him during a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A supporter of President Hugo Chavez holds up a portrait of him during a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A supporter of President Hugo Chavez holds up a portrait of him during a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attend a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attend a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attend a rally outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a flag with a picture of Chavez during a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a flag with a picture of Chavez during a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while...more

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a flag with a picture of Chavez during a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A child supporting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a supporters gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied in his honor on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A child supporting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a supporters gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied in his honor on the day he should have...more

A child supporting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a supporters gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied in his honor on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in...more

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in...more

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a gathering outside Miraflores Palace in Caracas January 10, 2013. Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rally in his honour on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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