Venezuelan Congress Speaker: 1/10 is not crucial to declare full absence
"The Constitution is clear: if the president fails to be personally present on January 10 for any unexpected reason, he/she shall be sworn in at the TSJ (Supreme Tribunal of Justice). Where? When? Neither does it specify where"
Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello thinks that January 10 does not determine "at all" a date to declare full absence of the Venezuelan president.
"They (dissenters) looked forward to January 10 in order to declare full absence, for the Congress Speaker to be sworn in and so long (President Hugo) Chávez (...) They can't, because here the Constitution goes together with the people who ratified Commander Chávez on October 7," Cabello exclaimed during the inauguration of Delta Amacuro governor reelected Lizeta Hernández.
"The Constitution is clear: if the president fails to be personally present on January 10 for any unexpected reason, he/she shall be sworn in at the TSJ (Supreme Tribunal of Justice). Where? When? Neither does it specify where," he maintained.
Away from the Constitution
Cabello blasted opposition leaders for allegedly using the Constitution to their own benefit instead observing it. "Here they come now, wanting to embrace the Constitution, only to construe it at leisure."
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.