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National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello said that January 10 is not a date set in stone for the inauguration of the Venezuelan president
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Cabello said that "for some people" January 10 is a date set in stone for the presidential inauguration. However, he stressed that this is not the first time that the Venezuelan president is sworn in on a different date than that provided for in the Constitution. He reminded that in 2000, the Head of State was sworn in on August 19.
Further, he argued that some sectors opposed to Chávez's government "find this moment politically convenient." He added that democratic institutions are operational in Venezuela, but in his view, "the opposition is the only thing that does not work."
On the other hand, he said the unity within Chavezism is unwavering. "The day anything happens, Nicolás (Maduro, the Venezuelan Executive Vice-President) and I will be here together. I do not know if you (the opposition) are going to be together," he said.
"They shall not pass! They shall not come back!" Cabello said referring to Venezuelan dissenters.
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.