Supporters celebrate without Chávez

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez celebrated outside the presidential palace in Caracas, in a show of solidarity for the leader who remains too ill to attend his swearing-in.

Chávez’s inauguration for a new term was planned for Thursday, but the leader remains in Cuba, where he is recovering from cancer surgery.

A massive street celebration replaced what would have been the swearing-in ceremony.

​​Several Latin American presidents, including Jose Mujica of Uruguay, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, were attending the celebration.

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