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  •  - Venezuelan opposition governor of Miranda Capriles holds the country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas

    Venezuelan opposition governor of Miranda Capriles holds the country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas

    Posted: 1/8/2013 4:53:59 PM EST
    Venezuelan opposition governor of Miranda Henrique Capriles holds the country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas January 8, 2013. Venezuela's opposition has accused the government of violating the constitution by proposing to delay cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's inauguration Thursday for a new term amid growing uncertainty over the polarized OPEC nation's political future. Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October election, said the obsession over Chavez's health had left government frozen and unable to take action. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Venezuelan opposition leader and governor of state of Miranda Capriles and governor of Lara Falcon arrive for news conference in Caracas

    Venezuelan opposition leader and governor of state of Miranda Capriles and governor of Lara Falcon arrive for news conference in Caracas

    Posted: 1/8/2013 4:53:59 PM EST
    Venezuelan opposition leader and governor of the state of Miranda Henrique Capriles and governor of Lara Henri Falcon arrive for a news conference in Caracas January 8, 2013. Venezuela's opposition has accused the government of violating the constitution by proposing to delay cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's inauguration Thursday for a new term amid growing uncertainty over the polarized OPEC nation's political future. Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October election, said the obsession over Chavez's health had left government frozen and unable to take action. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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              Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capriles said that the Supreme Court should rule in a dispu

    Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capriles said that the Supreme Court should rule in a dispu

    Posted: 1/8/2013 4:23:32 PM EST
    Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capriles said that the Supreme Court should rule in a dispute between the opposition and President Hugo Chavez's government over whether the ailing leader's inauguration can legally be postponed. Capriles said the constitution is clear that the current presidential term ends on Jan. 10. Chavez remains in Havana after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery on Dec. 11 and hasn't spoken publicly in a month. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              The silhouette of a videographer and his camera frame Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles as he recites a passage from the national constitution during a news conference in

    The silhouette of a videographer and his camera frame Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles as he recites a passage from the national constitution during a news conference in

    Posted: 1/8/2013 4:23:31 PM EST
    The silhouette of a videographer and his camera frame Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles as he recites a passage from the national constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capriles said that the Supreme Court should rule in a dispute between the opposition and President Hugo Chavez's government over whether the ailing leader's inauguration can legally be postponed. Capriles said the constitution is clear that the current presidential term ends on Jan. 10. Chavez remains in Havana after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery on Dec. 11 and hasn't spoken publicly in a month. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles holds up a miniature copy of the national constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capriles sa

    Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles holds up a miniature copy of the national constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capriles sa

    Posted: 1/8/2013 4:23:29 PM EST
    Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles holds up a miniature copy of the national constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Capriles said that the Supreme Court should rule in a dispute between the opposition and President Hugo Chavez's government over whether the ailing leader's inauguration can legally be postponed. Capriles said the constitution is clear that the current presidential term ends on Jan. 10. Chavez remains in Havana after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery on Dec. 11 and hasn't spoken publicly in a month. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
  •  - Venezuelan opposition governor of Miranda Capriles holds the country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas

    Venezuelan opposition governor of Miranda Capriles holds the country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas

    Posted: 1/8/2013 3:59:15 PM EST
    Venezuelan opposition governor of Miranda Henrique Capriles holds the country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas January 8, 2013. Venezuela's opposition has accused the government of violating the constitution by proposing to delay cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's inauguration Thursday for a new term amid growing uncertainty over the polarized OPEC nation's political future. Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October election, said the obsession over Chavez's health had left government frozen and unable to take action. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
  •  - Venezuelan opposition leader and governor of state of Miranda Capriles and governor of Lara Falcon arrive for news conference in Caracas

    Venezuelan opposition leader and governor of state of Miranda Capriles and governor of Lara Falcon arrive for news conference in Caracas

    Posted: 1/8/2013 3:59:15 PM EST
    Venezuelan opposition leader and governor of the state of Miranda Henrique Capriles and governor of Lara Henri Falcon arrive for a news conference in Caracas January 8, 2013. Venezuela's opposition has accused the government of violating the constitution by proposing to delay cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's inauguration Thursday for a new term amid growing uncertainty over the polarized OPEC nation's political future. Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October election, said the obsession over Chavez's health had left government frozen and unable to take action. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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              National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello gestures before addressing the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Allies of President Hugo Chavez on Saturday

    National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello gestures before addressing the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Allies of President Hugo Chavez on Saturday

    Posted: 1/5/2013 3:53:25 PM EST
    National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello gestures before addressing the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Allies of President Hugo Chavez on Saturday chose to keep Cabello as National Assembly president, who is the next in line to step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances. Opposition leaders have argued that if Chavez doesn't make it back by Jan. 10 to Venezuela from Cuba where he underwent cancer surgery, the president of the National Assembly should take over as interim president. If Chavez dies or is declared incapacitated, the constitution says that a new election should be called and held within 30 days. Cabello is a longtime Chavez ally who is widely considered to wield influence within the military. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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              A Chadian soldier fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize, sits on a truck in a convoy of other Chadian soldiers near Damara, about 70km (44 miles) nor

    A Chadian soldier fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize, sits on a truck in a convoy of other Chadian soldiers near Damara, about 70km (44 miles) nor

    Posted: 1/4/2013 6:43:23 AM EST
    A Chadian soldier fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize, sits on a truck in a convoy of other Chadian soldiers near Damara, about 70km (44 miles) north of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. After troops under Bozize seized the capital in 2003 amid volleys of machine-gun and mortar fire, he dissolved the constitution and parliament, and now a decade later it is Bozize himself who could be ousted from power with rebels having seized more than half the country and made their way to the doorstep of the capital in less than a month. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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              A poster with an image of  Venezuela President Hugo Chavez hangs from an electric pole in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised con

    A poster with an image of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez hangs from an electric pole in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised con

    Posted: 1/4/2013 2:58:47 AM EST
    A poster with an image of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez hangs from an electric pole in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. Officials have raised the possibility that Chavez might not be well enough to take the oath of office, without saying what will happen if he can't. The constitution says that if a president or president-elect dies or is declared unable to continue in office, presidential powers should be held temporarily by the president of the National Assembly and that a new presidential vote should be held within 30 days. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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              A mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swe

    A mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swe

    Posted: 1/4/2013 2:58:47 AM EST
    A mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. Officials have raised the possibility that Chavez might not be well enough to take the oath of office, without saying what will happen if he can't. The constitution says that if a president or president-elect dies or is declared unable to continue in office, presidential powers should be held temporarily by the president of the National Assembly and that a new presidential vote should be held within 30 days. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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              A man sits next to posters with images of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious ques

    A man sits next to posters with images of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious ques

    Posted: 1/3/2013 8:53:22 PM EST
    A man sits next to posters with images of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. Officials have raised the possibility that Chavez might not be well enough to take the oath of office, without saying what will happen if he can't. The constitution says that if a president or president-elect dies or is declared unable to continue in office, presidential powers should be held temporarily by the president of the National Assembly and that a new presidential vote should be held within 30 days. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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              A boy plays behind a poster with an image depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised cont

    A boy plays behind a poster with an image depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised cont

    Posted: 1/3/2013 6:58:28 PM EST
    A boy plays behind a poster with an image depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. Officials have raised the possibility that Chavez might not be well enough to take the oath of office, without saying what will happen if he can't. The constitution says that if a president or president-elect dies or is declared unable to continue in office, presidential powers should be held temporarily by the president of the National Assembly and that a new presidential vote should be held within 30 days. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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              People walk a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez past in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions

    People walk a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez past in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions

    Posted: 1/3/2013 6:58:28 PM EST
    People walk a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez past in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. Officials have raised the possibility that Chavez might not be well enough to take the oath of office, without saying what will happen if he can't. The constitution says that if a president or president-elect dies or is declared unable to continue in office, presidential powers should be held temporarily by the president of the National Assembly and that a new presidential vote should be held within 30 days. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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              FILE - In this July 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds a miniature copy of his country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela.  The ailin

    FILE - In this July 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds a miniature copy of his country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela. The ailin

    Posted: 1/3/2013 2:18:35 PM EST
    FILE - In this July 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds a miniature copy of his country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. Officials have raised the possibility that Chavez might not be well enough by Jan. 10, to take the oath of office, without saying what will happen if he can't. The constitution says that if a president or president-elect dies or is declared unable to continue in office, presidential powers should be held temporarily by the president of the National Assembly and that a new presidential vote should be held within 30 days. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
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              FILE - In this Oct 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds a miniature copy of his country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela.  The ailing

    FILE - In this Oct 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds a miniature copy of his country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela. The ailing

    Posted: 1/3/2013 2:18:35 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds a miniature copy of his country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela. The ailing president's health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in set for Jan. 10, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed. Officials have raised the possibility that Chavez might not be well enough to take the oath of office, without saying what will happen if he can't. The constitution says that if a president or president-elect dies or is declared unable to continue in office, presidential powers should be held temporarily by the president of the National Assembly and that a new presidential vote should be held within 30 days. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
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              Victor Keita, who said he was born in 1928, stands outside one of the many empty houses of his neighbors who have fled, in the town of Damara where pro-government forces are digging in

    Victor Keita, who said he was born in 1928, stands outside one of the many empty houses of his neighbors who have fled, in the town of Damara where pro-government forces are digging in

    Posted: 1/3/2013 1:43:31 PM EST
    Victor Keita, who said he was born in 1928, stands outside one of the many empty houses of his neighbors who have fled, in the town of Damara where pro-government forces are digging in against the rebel advance, about 70km (44 miles) north of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. After troops under Bozize seized the capital in 2003 amid volleys of machine-gun and mortar fire, he dissolved the constitution and parliament, and now a decade later it is Bozize himself who could be ousted from power with rebels having seized more than half the country and made their way to the doorstep of the capital in less than a month. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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              FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa greets people as he arrives at the National Assembly to deliver his state of the nation address in Quito, Ecua

    FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa greets people as he arrives at the National Assembly to deliver his state of the nation address in Quito, Ecua

    Posted: 1/2/2013 7:38:17 PM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa greets people as he arrives at the National Assembly to deliver his state of the nation address in Quito, Ecuador. Congress has approved a request by Correa to take a month long leave of absence to focus on his 2013 re-election campaign. For more than a century, Ecuador limited presidents to single terms, but the constitution was changed in 2008 to enable re-election. Correa will run for another presidential term in elections scheduled for Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)
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              Passengers ride on a car carrying sacks of food, bedding, and animals for bushmeat on the front, heading away from Damara, about 70km (44 miles) north of the capital Bangui, Central Afr

    Passengers ride on a car carrying sacks of food, bedding, and animals for bushmeat on the front, heading away from Damara, about 70km (44 miles) north of the capital Bangui, Central Afr

    Posted: 1/2/2013 12:23:27 PM EST
    Passengers ride on a car carrying sacks of food, bedding, and animals for bushmeat on the front, heading away from Damara, about 70km (44 miles) north of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. After troops under Bozize seized the capital in 2003 amid volleys of machine-gun and mortar fire, he dissolved the constitution and parliament, and now a decade later it is Bozize himself who could be ousted from power with rebels having seized more than half the country and made their way to the doorstep of the capital in less than a month. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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              Chadian soldiers ride on a truck in a large convoy of other Chadian soldiers who are fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize, near Damara, about 70km (

    Chadian soldiers ride on a truck in a large convoy of other Chadian soldiers who are fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize, near Damara, about 70km (

    Posted: 1/2/2013 12:23:27 PM EST
    Chadian soldiers ride on a truck in a large convoy of other Chadian soldiers who are fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize, near Damara, about 70km (44 miles) north of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. After troops under Bozize seized the capital in 2003 amid volleys of machine-gun and mortar fire, he dissolved the constitution and parliament, and now a decade later it is Bozize himself who could be ousted from power with rebels having seized more than half the country and made their way to the doorstep of the capital in less than a month. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)