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JUDICIARY | Constitutional Court ruling

TSJ dismisses petition for Congress' speaker to take office on January 10

Other two petitions on who is to lead Venezuela given Hugo Chávez's no-show for his inauguration still await the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ)

JUAN FRANCISCO ALONSO |  EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday January 08, 2013  06:26 PM
The Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) rejected a motion for Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello to lead temporarily the country as Head of State on Thursday as Hugo Chávez, due to his health condition, will not attend his swearing-in ceremony as president for his new term in office.

The TSJ's Constitutional Court ruled against an action for constitutional protection and a petition of construction of Article 231 of the Constitution, which were introduced by lawyer Otoniel Pautt Andrade. Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello has insisted that he will not fill the temporary absence of the Venezuelan leader. Cabello has also remarked that Chávez will take office whenever he can before the TSJ.

The TSJ's decision –drafter by Justice Francisco Carrasquero- is based on the grounds that both actions have to be solved through "different and incompatible procedures."

Other two petitions on who is to lead the country given Hugo Chávez's no-show for his inauguration still await the TSJ's ruling.
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