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Ailing Chavez unable to attend swearing-in

8:18 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in scene from Oliver Stone's documentary "South of the Border."
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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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