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  1. Venezuela Main Page
  2. The Hugo Chavez Era Begins
  3. Chavez Survives Referendum, Consolidates Power
  4. New Referendum Fails but Chavez is Undeterred
  5. New Challenges for Chavez at Home and Abroad
  6. Chavez Experiences Electoral Setback and Battles Health Issues
  7. Major League Baseball Player Kidnapped
  8. An End to the Monroe Doctrine?
  9. Chavez Wins 2012 Presidential Election
  10. Chavez Still Battling Cancer in Late 2012
  11. Chavez's New Term Begins Without Him
  12. Chavez Dies After a Long Battle with Cancer
  13. Protests Turn Violent in 2014
  14. Maduro Retaliates Against U.S. Sanctions
Chavez's New Term Begins Without Him

On Jan. 4, 2013, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a television broadcast that Chavez could be sworn in after the start of his term according to the nation's Constitution. Chavez was still in Cuba, battling cancer and would not able to get back in time for his inauguration.

Meanwhile, the political opposition grew restless because the mystery surrounding Chavez and his health overshadowed pressing issues like food shortages and stagnant oil production. During an early January legislative meeting, Julio Borges, a National Assembly opposition member, said, "Who's governing Venezuela?" Finally, the night before Chavez's inauguration, the Supreme Court ruled that the inauguration could be postponed and his team of advisors could begin the transition to the new term in his absence.

On Feb. 15, 2013, photos of President Chavez were released by the Venezuelan government. The photos were the first images of Chavez since his surgery, which took place in Cuba over two months ago. The four images released showed Chavez in bed and smiling. Three of the four photos had Chavez holding a copy of the Feb. 14, 2013, edition of Granma, a Cuban newspaper.

The photos were a response to the opposition, which demanded proof that Chavez was healthy enough to continue on as Cuba's leader. However, the photos were not enough to satisfy the opposition. In response to the photos, opposition leader Henrique Capriles tweeted: "How the spokesmen of the government keep lying to the people."

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