Yesterday the Parliament announced that the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not attend Caracas tomorrow to take possession of his new mandate, due to his delicate post-surgery situation after a cancer surgery. Despite the opposition demands, stating that the ruling must be complied, which specifies that a medical board decides whether Chavez is able to assume power or whether new elections must be carried out.
The Constitution of Venezuela states that the presidential term begins on January 10, however, yesterday Venezuela’s National Assembly authorized President Chavez to take “all the time he needs” to address his illness in Cuba. While the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) rejected the dispute against the National Assembly president, Diosdado Cabello, for refusing to temporarily assume the government due to the absence of Chávez.
While the opposition leader, Henrique Capriles urged lawmakers to respond to the Supreme Court “constitutional conflict” in the country. “The country is waiting for an exit, is waiting for a clear interpretation of what the Constitution says and that is a responsibility that you magistrates have with the Venezuelans,” said Capriles.