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Venezuelan government postpones inauguration because of Chavez health problems

Wednesday, January 9th 2013 - 05:35 UTC
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Venezuela will postpone Thursday's presidential inauguration due to President Hugo Chávez' continuing health problems, the government announced on Tuesday. Chavez who has dominated Venezuelan politics almost undisputedly since 1999 has not been heard from or seen in public since his Dec. 11 cancer surgery in Cuba. Read full article


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  • falklandlad

    The Bishops seem to have placed the hammer firmly on the head of the nail. Be interesting to see if the cloaks are a force to be reckoned with in triggering a change in the Venezuelan regime.

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    “Government leaders insist Chávez is completely fulfilling his duties as head of state”

    As well as any deadman can fulfill duties as head of state. Apparently venezuela has very low standards to run a country. So much for a constitution.

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 11:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I just loved this little comment:
    “although the latest medical reports indicate his condition is “stationary”.”

    Well there's not much movement when you are dead.

    You can see how indoctrinated and illiterate the masses of the people are when you look at the photos elsewhere of almost everybody crying. Unless of course they are crying for joy!


    Jan 09th, 2013 - 11:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ptolemy

    South Americans seem obsessed with the dead , glorifying, deifying , etc, Look at Che, Evita, Nestor and too many to count. Right now Chavez has the best of both worlds. He is neither dead nor alive but commands and affects many of the living.

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 11:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    The most interesting thing is that the longer this goes on the worse it becomes for Chavez. Hubris and vanity got the better of him. He shouldn't have run for president again and should have instead campaigned with his successor.

    But being surrounded by sycophants, he believed in his own immortality and now the whole edifice is starting to unravel. His successor could have had 6 years to cement power whether Chavez was alive or dead and hence continue his 'revolution'.

    Instead his rule ends with a palace coup in all but name as his party effectively stages a coup on Thursday by taking power without a constitutional mandate.

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @4 In Catholic and Romany culture the dead have huge significance, and are deified and included in all major celebrations. (Obviously, not in person but they always get a mention).

    In a way I can understand Che and Evita being remembered, though not in the mawkish, saintly way they often are. Nestor served one term as President. That's all. People have cheese in the fridge longer than that, so why CFKC is so keen to name every static object after him is just a another manifestation of her madness.

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    So rumours has it ,
    He won’t be around in time for our annual April fools day taker piss,


    When ya gotta go,
    Gotta go ??

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CJvR

    I though El Presidente had to be sworn in on a specific date in Venezuela, or new elections would have to be held. That annoying constitution thingie South America got so pissed on Paraguay for following.

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 05:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    Well, well, well, so there is a clear disruption of democracy in Venezuela, and I don't see CFK, Dima and Mujica rushing to kick her out of Mercosur!!!!!

    What happened to the defense of democracy in the case of Paraguay!!!!!

    A slight case of hipocrisy, perhaps?????????

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 05:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino


    You are far too generous. I'd suggest 'major' as a better description.

    Jan 09th, 2013 - 09:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    No worries buddies.....they are just “postponing” something as ordinary as the presidential inauguration, all because they want a deadman running the coutry. In the meantime, the people of venezuela have no constitutional leader, there is no transparency as to the health of the “deadman” that 54% of the electorate (not population) placed in the executive office, the constitution gets brushed aside as usual by dictatorships, democracy is a farce and mercosur does the double standard tango.
    Then they wonder why the world thinks South America is a joke.....really now!

    Jan 10th, 2013 - 11:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    11 Captain Poppy (#)
    Jan 10th, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Captain, I just love the “double standard tango”, you should copyright it as Think did with “chuckle chuckle.”

    Jan 10th, 2013 - 03:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Darrás

    @11 Captain Poppy : You are right !!! They want a deadman running the country, so they could make a similar show that my ( I am argie ) parents made in the Evita's time, with the addittion of some technology. May be ... we will see the last discurso of Chavez moving his dead lips with servos and make-up and “buen maquillaje”. Prepare for the show ... Kris will be the “buen maquillaje” assistant !!! Daniel.

    Jan 10th, 2013 - 05:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CJvR

    Well they wouldn't be the first zombieocracy, North Korea are on their second zombie leader already.

    Jan 10th, 2013 - 10:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I imagine we will have a Chavez 'caretaker government' even after the man himself is long dead.

    Chavez is becoming not a man but an idea ... as he so desired.

    The British media likened him to Spartacus, in that every Venezuelan is a Chavez in his heart.

    “I'm Chavez!”
    “No, I'm Chavez!”
    “No, I'm Chavez!”
    “No, I'm Chavez!”
    “No, I'm Chavez!”
    “No, I'm Chavez!”
    for ever ...

    Thus there can only ever be one ruler, one party ..
    “We are all Chavistas now”

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 11:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    15 GeoffWard2

    Very like the Peronistas then.

    So both country's have had it then?

    Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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