SWORN IN FROM CUBA? Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez greets supporters during a campaign rally in Monagas on September 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO
Cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez could be sworn in before the Supreme Court even if his treatment keeps him out of the country beyond his January 10 inauguration date. He could be sworn in from Venezuela or from Cuba, where he is recovering from his fourth cancer operation since June 2011. His election rival, opposition leader Henrique Capriles, said the ceremony, could be delayed, putting him at odds with other opposition leaders eager to call new elections if Chavez is unable to return to the country on time. The uncertainty of the ceremony has which has sparked debates across the country.