Venezuelan officials say ailing President Hugo Chávez will miss Thursday’s inauguration for a third term, and will remain in Cuba for cancer treatment.
National assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello read a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, saying doctors recommend that Chávez not head home. Cabello said the president will be sworn in by the Supreme Court at a later date.
The opposition in Venezuela argues that the president’s inability to take the oath of office on the constitutionally mandated day of Jan. 10 legally requires him to step down. But some legal experts insist the constitution allows the Supreme Court to swear in the president without mentioning a specific date.
The government has called on Chávez supporters to take to the streets Thursday as part of a massive show of support
Chávez has not been seen in public for almost a month. His exact condition and what kind of cancer he has is unclear.
Venezuela’s information minister said Monday that Chávez has a lung infection connected to his cancer treatment and that his condition is stable.