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)
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.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.