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Topic - Gonzalez De La Vega
President Hugo Chavez is due to be sworn in for a new term in less than a week, and his closest allies still aren't saying what they plan to do if the ailing leader is unable to return from a Cuban hospital to take the oath of office.
"If a temporary absence is going to be declared, the medical team will have to determine that it's not about an absolute absence; that is to say, that the president has the possibility of recuperating," Mr. Gonzalez said.
The president of the National Assembly would then be sworn in as an interim president for 90 days, Mr. Gonzalez said.