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Despite his absence, enthusiastic crowds celebrate Hugo Chavez's new term

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Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez cheer as they watch military planes fly over during a symbolic inauguration ceremony outside Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on Jan. 10.

Reuters reports: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remained on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while thousands of supporters rallied in his honor on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term in the South American OPEC nation. The postponement of the inauguration, a first in Venezuelan history, has laid bare the gravity of Chavez's condition after complications from a fourth cancer operation in his pelvic area. Full Story

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Members of Venezuela's Honour Guard attend a massive gathering in homage of Chavez in Caracas.

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A member of Venezuela's Bolivarian militia holds a flower during a symbolic inauguration rally for Hugo Chavez in Caracas.

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A man flashes his tattoo of President Chavez during a rally near Miraflores Palace.

 

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