Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in scene from Oliver Stone's documentary "South of the Border."
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's National Assembly has approved a plan for President Hugo Chavez not to attend his scheduled inauguration this Thursday and to instead be sworn in later on before the Supreme Court.
Chavez's congressional allies hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly, and they backed the proposal with a show of hands.
The country's opposition lawmakers on Tuesday strongly criticized the action to put off the swearing-in. They argued it violates the country's constitution.
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