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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ailing Hugo Chavez Still In Cuba Ahead Of Swearing-In

A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez poses for a portrait as he holds a photograph of Chavez outside the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

A supporter of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez poses for a portrait as he holds a photograph of Chavez outside the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

Hugo Chavez is supposed to be inaugurated for another term as president of Venezuela on Thursday but he’s in Cuba, receiving treatment for a severe respiratory infection, after undergoing cancer surgery there last month.

Venezuela’s attorney general says Chavez can be sworn in later because he’s already been re-elected.

But the Venezuelan Catholic Church says Chavez must be present because his third term ends Thursday and he must be sworn in for a fourth term.

Church leaders say that’s what Venezuela’s constitution says.

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    I found it funny that when asked “Who’s the opposition?” the answer had nothing to do with the Catholic Church. However, Robin took the topic there and keep it there for the rest of the segment. She didn’t get the answer she wanted but it didn’t stop her from following her agenda to cast a negative light on the church.

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