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Chavez swearing-in postponed

Venezuela will postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new term due to health problems, the government said. Chavez has not been heard from since surgery on December 11th in Cuba.

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Chavez suffers 'new complications' after cancer surgery

Hugo Chavez talks to supporters during a ceremony in 2010. Credit: Reuters

Hugo Chavez has suffered a number of "new complications" following his latest round of cancer surgery, according to officials.

Venezuela's vice-president Nicolas Maduro said the complications came amid a respiratory infection during a televised address from Havana, where Chavez is in hospital.

Maduro said:

"Thanks to his physical and spiritual strength, Comandante Chavez is facing this difficult situation."

The Venezuelan leader has not been seen or heard from since undergoing his fourth cancer-related surgery on December 11.

He is due to be inaugurated for a new six-year term on January 10.

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