Venezuelan VP: Medical team to decide when the president will be sworn in
The Venezuelan vice-president remarked that if Chávez's constitutional permission is extended after January 10, the Constitution shall govern. Should that be the case, Hugo Chávez may be sworn in by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ)
Notwithstanding, Maduro did not respond whether the TSJ would travel to the Venezuelan Embassy in Havana, Cuba, where the leader has been taking rest since he underwent surgery on December 11. The vice-president remarked that the president would be sworn in whenever his medical team or Chávez himself decides.
In an attempt to justify the possibility of postponing the swear-in ceremony, Maduro claimed "continuity" to the Government's leadership.
In reply to the question of whether the TSJ would travel to Cuba, the vice-president said, "We cannot prompt speculations. We must rely on certainty; that is, that the president has been granted a constitution permission (given by the National Assembly).
Maduro stated that if the permission given to the Venezuelan leader before he left for Cuba is extended (after January 10), then the Constitution will govern.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.