On what was supposed to be the day of Hugo Chávez’ inauguration for the 2013-2019 term, supporters gathered in the heart of Caracas to express their approval of the Supreme Court’s decision to postpone the ceremony and allow the President to be sworn in when he is able to return to the country. Chávez is currently in Cuba being treated for a respiratory infection that came on after his fourth cancer-related surgery. He was diagnosed a year and a half ago.
After a heated controversy in Venezuela between ‘chavistas’ and the opposition, the Supreme Court decided that it was unnecessary for Chávez to be sworn in because he is a reelected president. The Court also ruled that the current administration, whose term technically should have ended today, will remain in office with vice-president, Nicolas Maduro, at the head.
“The Revolution, Venezuela’s United Socialist Party (PSUV), and we ask all other parties and social groups to take to the streets and support the decision made by the Supreme Court,” the head of the National Assembly , Diosdado Cabello, said urging people to participate in the demonstration.
Ceremonies are scheduled to take place both at Miraflores Palace and the Caracas Theatre. The Presidents of Uruguay, José Mujica; Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and Bolivia, Evo Morales, arrived early Thursday and will attend; Argentina and Ecuador, among other countries, sent representatives.