UPDATE: Hugo Chavez Allies Keep Same President

9:04 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Allies of President Hugo Chavez have chosen to keep the same National Assembly president -- a man who could be in line to step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances.

Diosdado Cabello was retained as legislative leader in a vote by a show of hands. He's a firm loyalist of the president.

Just five days remain until Chavez's scheduled inauguration on Thursday and government officials are suggesting the swearing-in could be delayed. The 58-year-old is in Cuba, fighting a severe respiratory infection after cancer surgery.

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