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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 'condition improving'

Cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's lung infection has been controlled and his condition is evolving "favourably," the government said in a statement.

A statement said:

Despite his delicate state of health ... in recent days the general medical evolution has been favourable. The respiratory infection is controlled ... the president is conscious.

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