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Jan 15, 2013

Maduro stands in for Venezuela’s ailing Chavez in key speech

CARACAS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Venezuelan Vice President
Nicolas Maduro gave a brief state of the nation address on
Tuesday in place of his ailing boss, Hugo Chavez, who has not
been seen in public since going to Cuba for cancer surgery more
than a month ago.

Maduro stood in for Chavez with a 10-minute speech before
Congress in which he defended the president’s decision to rule
the OPEC nation from a hospital bed in Havana, despite
opposition calls for him to step aside and name a temporary
president.

Jan 11, 2013

Venezuela hits inflation goal with 20.1 pct in 2012

CARACAS, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s inflation rate in
2012 was the lowest in four years as the effects of heavy
election-year government spending were offset by strict price
controls that kept the indicator within the central bank’s
target.

Consumer prices rose 20.1 percent, compared with a target of
20 percent to 22 percent, the bank said in a statement on
Friday.

Jan 11, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro to visit Chavez again in Cuba

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro will fly to Cuba on Friday to visit cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez, a month after the socialist leader underwent his fourth operation in 18 months.

The 58-year-old president has not been seen nor heard from since the surgery, and has suffered multiple post-operative complications including a severe lung infection.

Jan 10, 2013

Venezuela’s sick Chavez misses own inauguration bash

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied in his honor on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation.

The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez’s condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area.

Jan 10, 2013

Venezuela’s top court endorses Chavez inauguration delay

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s top court endorsed the postponement of Hugo Chavez’s inauguration this week and ruled on Wednesday that the cancer-stricken president and his deputy would continue in their roles, despite a cacophony of opposition complaints.

Critics had argued the 58-year-old’s absence from his own swearing-in ceremony on January 10 meant a caretaker president must be appointed. Chavez has not been seen in public nor heard from in almost a month following surgery in Cuba.

Jan 9, 2013

Venezuela court endorses Chavez inauguration delay

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s top court endorsed the postponement of Hugo Chavez’s inauguration this week and ruled on Wednesday that the cancer-stricken president and his deputy would continue in their roles, despite a cacophony of opposition complaints.

Critics had argued the 58-year-old’s absence from his own swearing-in ceremony on January 10 meant a caretaker president must be appointed. Chavez has not been seen in public nor heard from in almost a month following surgery in Cuba.

Jan 5, 2013

Venezuela lawmakers elect Chavez ally as Assembly chief

CARACAS, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a
staunch ally of Hugo Chavez as leader of the National Assembly
on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if
the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery.

By choosing the incumbent, Diosdado Cabello, the
“Chavista”-dominated legislature cemented the combative
ex-soldier’s position as the third most powerful figure in the
government, after Chavez and Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

Jan 5, 2013

Venezuelan lawmakers to elect new Assembly chief

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan lawmakers met on Saturday to elect a leader of the National Assembly, with the victor in line to be caretaker president if Hugo Chavez does not recover from his fourth session of cancer surgery in Cuba.

The incumbent, Diosdado Cabello, is likely to be re-elected by the “Chavista”-dominated legislature, cementing the ex-soldier’s position as the third most powerful figure in the government, after Chavez and Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

Jan 4, 2013

VP Maduro back in Venezuela, no news on ailing Chavez

CARACAS, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Vice President Nicolas Maduro
returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in
hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken
president as rumors grow that he could be close to death.

Flanked by senior government figures including Diosdado
Cabello, the head of the National Assembly, Maduro toured a
coffee production plant in Caracas – the type of visit that the
president made frequently before he fell ill.

Jan 4, 2013

Vice President Maduro back in Venezuela, no news on ailing Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Vice President Nicolas Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumors grow about his condition.

Flanked by senior government figures including Diosdado Cabello, the head of the National Assembly, Maduro toured a coffee production plant in Caracas – the type of visit that the president made frequently before he fell ill.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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