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."
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.