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."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.