Top court decides that President Chávez does not need to take oath again
"Even though a new presidential term begins on January 10, a new inauguration is not necessary because he (Hugo Chávez) is a reelected president," stated president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) Luisa Estella Morales in a mandatory radio and television broadcast
"Even though a new presidential term begins on January 10, a new inauguration is not necessary because he (Hugo Chávez) is a reelected president," said Morales, adding that the decision was made by the Constitutional Court, TSJ, in response to an action seeking construction of Article 231 of the Venezuelan Constitution.
She stressed that the decision was made based on the grounds of administrative continuation.
Morales' statements came during a news conference broadcast in a mandatory radio and television address, where she said that the ruling of the Constitutional Court was made "in order to bring certainty and peace to Venezuelans, as provided for under the Constitution."
A significant number of Venezuelan and foreign reporters waited for more than three hours for the Venezuelan top court to disclose the decision.
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.