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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 in 'complex and delicate' condition

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pictured during a national broadcast in Caracas in September. Credit: Reuters

The vice president of Venezuela says Hugo Chavez remains in a "complex and delicate" condition three weeks after cancer surgery.

Nicolas Maduro, speaking after visiting Chavez in Cuba, said he met his president twice and had spoken to him.

"He's totally conscious of the complexity of his post-operative state and he expressly asked us ... to keep the nation informed always, always with the truth, as hard as it may be in certain circumstances," Maduro added.

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