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CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH

Top Court: No changes in the Government upon Chávez's return

Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro will continue leading the Executive Office

President Hugo Chávez's return to Venezuela does not mean that Vice-President Nicolás Maduro will not continue in charge of the Executive, sources of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice stated (File photo)
JUAN FRANCISCO ALONSO |  EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday February 19, 2013  10:44 AM
Far from taking by surprise his foes and supporters and satisfying the latter, President Hugo Chávez's return to Venezuela will have no impact on the way the Government has been working in recent weeks. 

Indeed, sources of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) stated that Chávez's post-surgery complications have not ended. Such problems led to the Ruling 2 of the Constitutional Court, dated January 9, under which Chávez and his ministers were allowed to remain in office, even though the president was not sworn in on January 10. 

When asked about the issue, top judges replied that Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro may continue leading the Executive Office, taking steps in the economic and administrative fields, just as much as he has done it in recent weeks, within the framework of the authority vested upon him by Chávez last December.

For his part, university professor Luis Herrera Orellana remarked, "In the light of the decision of the TSJ, the current status (a president exercising his authority without being inaugurated) may continue indefinitely and with no rush, as the TSJ gave consent, with suspicious legal arguments, to the principle of administrative continuity."

A TSJ source claimed that the only change emerging upon Chávez's return to Venezuela "is that the permission granted by the National Assembly to be absent from the country for more than five days has ended."

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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