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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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Hugo Chavez still suffering 'severe' lung infection

Hugo Chavez in 2010. Credit: ITV News

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still suffering from a lung infection that has hindered his breathing as he battles to recover from cancer surgery, the government said.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas, reading the latest official update on the president's condition in a hospital in Cuba, said: "Commander Chavez has faced complications as a result of a severe lung infection.

"This infection has caused a breathing insufficiency that requires Commander Chavez to strictly comply with medical treatment," the communique added, giving no further details.

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