CARACAS, Tuesday January 08, 2013 | Update
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION | In a document lodged with the OAS

Opposition: Chávez's no-show for inauguration breaches the Constitution

In a communication delivered to Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Executive Secretary of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) Ramón Guillermo Aveledo underscored that President Hugo Chávez's no-show at his inauguration ceremony scheduled for January 10 implies a violation not only of the Venezuelan Constitution, but also of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, Articles 3 and 4

Tuesday January 08, 2013  01:35 PM
In a letter, Venezuela's opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) warned the Organization of American States (OAS) that next January 10, "government officials may violate the constitutional mandate as they purport to extend the current presidential term" by not swearing in president-elect Hugo Chávez Frías. "Consequently, they will disregard the provisions set forth in the Constitution."

Addressing OAS's Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, MUD's Executive Secretary Ramón Guillermo Aveledo said that in addition to breaching the provisions set out in the Venezuelan Constitution, Chávez's no-show at his inauguration ceremony scheduled for January 10 runs counter to Articles 3 and 4 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Aveledo noted that all possible solutions to any political issues are listed in the Constitution. He stressed that violating the provisions set forth therein implies a disruption of the constitutional and democratic order.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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