Court endorses Chavez inauguration delay

Caracas - The head of Venezuela's Supreme Court said on Wednesday the postponement of Hugo Chavez's planned January 10 inauguration for a new presidential term was constitutionally legitimate.

Luisa Morales, the court's president, gave the judgment at a news conference, saying no new swearing-in was necessary and Chavez remained Venezuela's president, with Nicolas Maduro also continuing in his role as vice-president.

The hand of a man is seen next to a painting of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas. Credit: AFP

Chavez's recovery after cancer surgery in Cuba means he will not be able to attend the scheduled Jan. 10 ceremony. Chavez, 58, has not been seen nor heard from him almost a month. - Reuters