Supremely Convenient Interpretation in Caracastan
Surpise, surpise, surpise! The Venezuelan Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Chavez can stay in Havana as long as he needs, regardless of any stipulations to the contrary found in the country's constitution.
Creative interpretations of this sort come as no surprise in Cubazuela. And the decisions tend to be unanimous. We all knew that. Now, let's see if anyone dares to challenge this or to take on the mob that plans to assemble at Miraflores Palace tomorrow. And let's see which Chavista comes out as top dog.
Viva Cubazuela! Viva Caracastan! Viva Venenozuela! Viva el Coma-andante junior! Viva America Latrina! Pa'lante, con la corrupción y la esclavitud !
And now, from the BBC, nothing completely different:
Chavez swearing-in delay legal, rules Venezuela Supreme Court
Venezuela's Supreme Court has ruled that the postponement of President Hugo Chavez's inauguration for a new term in office is legal.
Earlier, the National Assembly voted to give Mr Chavez as much time as he needed to recover from cancer surgery.
The opposition argues that Mr Chavez's current mandate expires on 10 January, the day he is due to be sworn in.
Mr Chavez is in hospital in Cuba and has suffered complications caused by a lung infection.
Supreme Court President Luisa Estella Morales said it would be "absurd" to consider Mr Chavez's treatment in Cuba as an unauthorised absence.
She said that the oath of office could be taken at a later date, as the constitution states, and Mr Chavez's re-election had guaranteed "continuity" in government.
In a televised statement, Ms Morales read out the unanimous decision of the panel of seven magistrates who handle constitutional issues before the court.
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