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Court Must Rule on Chavez Crisis, Opposition Says

Venezuela's top opposition leader on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to rule on whether cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's re-inauguration can be postponed, as his government argues.

"I do not know what the judges of the Supreme Court are waiting for. Right now in Venezuela, without any doubt whatsoever, a constitutional conflict has arisen," Henrique Capriles said.

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Constitutional Fight over Chavez Status Intensifies

A constitutional fight over cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's status intensified Tuesday with the government planning a massive show of support in the streets on the day he is supposed to be sworn in to a new term.

The country's main opposition coalition, meanwhile, turned to international organizations for support, warning the Organization of American States of an "alteration of the constitutional order" if Chavez is unable to take the oath of office as scheduled on Thursday and his government remains in charge anyway.

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Venezuela Assembly Meets amid Chavez Health Crisis

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez's allies staged a show of unity on Saturday, re-electing the ruling party's Diosdado Cabello as parliamentary speaker, while their president battles cancer in Cuba.

The closing of ranks by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) came as it emerged as all but certain that illness will keep Chavez from being sworn in to a new six year term on January 10 as scheduled.

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Missoni Scion's Plane Disappears off Venezuela

Venezuelan emergency workers launched a sea and air search Saturday after a small plane carrying the head of Italy's Missoni fashion family disappeared over coastal islands, officials said.

The plane carrying Vittorio Missoni -- 58-year-old son of the eponymous fashion label's founder Ottavio Missoni -- and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, another couple and two Venezuelan crew members went missing after taking off from the Los Roques resort late Friday, the Venezuelan Interior Ministry said.

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Venezuela Signals a Delay in Chavez Swearing-in

Venezuela signaled Friday that cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez will be unable to be sworn in to a new term next week, laying out a legal rationale for delaying the oath-taking ceremony.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the ailing leader could take the oath of office at some later date before the Supreme Court without giving up the presidency in the interim.

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Chavez Suffers 'Respiratory Insufficiency'

Hugo Chavez's top lieutenants accused the opposition and the media Thursday of using the cancer-stricken Venezuelan president's health to wage a "psychological war" to destabilize the country.

The hardline stance was adopted after Vice President Nicolas Maduro returned from a visit with the ailing Chavez in Cuba, where he is suffering from complications more than three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery.

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Opposition Demands 'Truth' on Chavez Health as Bolivia and Brazil Express Worries

Venezuela's main opposition movement demanded Wednesday that the government tell "the truth" about President Hugo Chavez's health as one of his closest allies said his condition was "very worrying."

"Let's hope our prayers will be effective in saving the life of brother President Chavez," Bolivian President Evo Morales said of the longtime leader of OPEC member Venezuela, which has the world's largest proven oil reserves.

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VP Says Chavez is Aware of 'Complex' Condition

Hugo Chavez is conscious and fully aware of how "complex" his condition remains three weeks after difficult cancer surgery in Havana, the Venezuelan president's handpicked successor said Tuesday.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who accused the Venezuelan right of spreading what he described as sick lies and rumors about Chavez's health, said that he had spoken to the ailing leader twice over the past three days.

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Chavez Suffers New Post Cancer Surgery Setback

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has suffered a new setback after cancer surgery in Cuba, raising new fears about his political future, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday.

"We have been informed of new complications that arose as a consequence of the respiratory infection we already knew about," Maduro said on state TV and radio from Havana. Cuba is Chavez's closest regional ally.

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Chavez 'Fighting' for Health Post-Surgery

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that he will lead a government delegation to Cuba to visit President Hugo Chavez who was recovering in Havana following his December 11 cancer surgery.

In the announcement, Maduro did not specify how long the group would stay in Havana. But he said Electricity Minister Hector Navarro would assume the vice presidency during his absence.

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