Ailing Chavez in 'Delicate Condition'

Jan. 10 inauguration looks doubtful

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2012 12:56 AM CST

(Newser) – Hugo Chavez has suffered a fresh bout of complications from his cancer surgery in Cuba earlier this month and is in "delicate condition," vice president Nicolas Maduro says. It has now been more than three weeks since the Venezuelan president has been publicly seen or heard, and though Maduro had earlier said Chavez was up and about, it's not clear what will happen on Jan. 10, when he is supposed to be sworn in for a fourth term. Officials say a government-organized New Year's Eve concert in Caracas has been canceled because of Chavez's condition, the BBC reports.

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez create a poster with his image alongside an outline of their country in Caracas, Venezuela earlier this month.
Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez create a poster with his image alongside an outline of their country in Caracas, Venezuela earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
People hold up images of Hugo Chavez during a concert in support of him marking the 8th anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas group.
People hold up images of Hugo Chavez during a concert in support of him marking the 8th anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas group.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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