He won’t attend his inauguration on Thursday
By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not attend inauguration day ceremonies this Thursday, January 10, in Caracas, under doctor’s orders to remain for continued around-the-clock treatment in Cuba.
“The president has asked that it be made public that according to the recommendations of his medical team… the post operation recovery period must extend beyond January 10th,” states a letter VP Nicolas Maduro sent to the National Assembly and read by its chair Diosdado Cabello.
Based on the latest reports from the government on Chavez’s health, the announcement didn’t surprise anyone, said Abraham Zamorano, the BBC Mundo correspondent in Caracas.
While the swearing in ceremony will be postponed, the governing United Socialist Unity Party (PSUV) has called a mass rally in support of their convalescing leader.
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Uruguay’s Jose Mujica are expected to be present for the gathering in Caracas in solidarity with Chavez and his people, noted BBC Mundo.
The opposition and its leader Henrique Capriles have been asking for clarification on the health status of Chavez, thus far a closely guarded secret.
The charismatic president, who won reelection on October 7 with 55% of the vote, has not been seen or heard from since his December 11 surgery, his fourth in a year and a half in his fight against cancer in an undisclosed location of his “pelvic region”.