Hugo Chávez batalla contra una severa infección pulmonar en Cuba después de la cuarta operación de cáncer, que lo mantendrá en una estricto tratamiento médico y, que indica, la imposibilidad de juramentar este 10 de enero para su nuevo mandato.

Mediante un comunicado oficial, el ministro de Comunicación e Información, Ernesto Villegas, anunció a través de las cadenas nacionales de radio y televisión acerca de la nueva complicación médica del mandatario.

Chávez no aparece ni habla en actos públicos desde la intervención del 11 de diciembre, y el vicepresidente Nicolás Maduro dijo este martes que el estado Chávez era delicado, pero sin dar mucho detalles. La oposición, por su parte, pedía "respeto para los venezolanos" y que se informara de la verdadera condición.

Si Chávez no asume formalmente este 10 de enero, la Constitución contempla claramente que el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional debe tomar el cargo de manera temporal en tanto se realizan nuevas elecciones.

De fallecer o no poder continuar en el cargo, la Constitución señala que deben realizarse nuevos comicios en 30 días.

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  • Febrero 24 del 2012. Hugo Chávez es ovacionado por seguidores, camino hacia el aeropuerto para viajar a Cuba.

  • Abril 13 del 2012. Hugo Chávez aplaude a la multitud que se congregó ante el balcón del palacio presidencial de Miraflores en Caracas, en conmemoración a su regreso a la presidencia después de haber sido brevemente derrocado hace 10 años.

  • Abril del 2012 Hugo Chávez se reunió con su homólogo uruguayo, José Mujica, en el palacio presidencial de Miraflores en Caracas, Venezuela.

  • 17 de marzo del 2012 Hugo Chávez lanza un beso a sus seguidores desde el balcón del palacio presidencial en Caracas, luego de haber pasado tres semanas en Cuba, donde fue sometido a cirugía.

  • 24 de febrero del 2012 El presidente venezolano en la calles de Caracas de camino al aeropuerto para viajar a Cuba.

  • 24 febrero 2012 Hugo Chávez seca el sudor de su cara de camino al aeropuerto para viajar a Cuba y comenzar tratamiento de radioterapias.

  • Hugo Chavez y su hija Rosa Maria en Caracas, Venezuela.

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) speaks with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro ater the ALBA summit, at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on February 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) greets his Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega (C) and his wife Rosario Murillo, before the ALBA summit opening ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on February 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez salutes before the start of a military parade to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his failed coup attempt, on February 4 , 2012, in Caracas. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (L) stands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (C) and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) in Managua on January 10, 2012. Ahmadinejad and Chavez came to Nicaragua to attend the inauguration of president Daniel Ortega's third term. AFP PHOTO/Rodrigo ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures as he waits for his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on January 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez (L), hugs his Peruvian counterpart Ollanta Humala, in Orinoco Oil Belt in Monagas state, on January 7, 2012. Humala is on an official visit to Venezuela. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) kisses the hand of Venezuelan Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos (R) during a meting in Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, on January 04, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on December 6, 2011. Chavez said that he will travel to Brazil on December 11 --after attending Argentine president Cristina Kirchner's inauguration-- to pay a visit to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, affected by cancer, like himself. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is seen during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit on December 2, 2011 in Caracas. Thirty-three Latin America and Caribbean heads of state meet during two days to create the CELAC which aspires to become a new regional body excluding the United States and Canada, under the leadership of Venezuelan Hugo Chavez. AFP PHOTO / LEO RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves as he holds a child during the launching of the 'Gran mision de los hijos de mi pueblo Venezuela' (Great mission of the sons of my people Venezuela), in Caracas on November 25, 2011. Chavez announced that the first shipment of gold from abroad will arrive Friday, beginning with an operation to repatriate all reserves that, until now, the country kept outside its borders. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses supporters during a rally in Caracas, on November 13, 2011. Chavez took a bath of masses in his first outdoor political rally after chemotherapy, and asked 'reunification' to his followers with a view to the polls in 2012, which he promised to win. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez delivers a speech during the ceremony to welcome Colombian Maria Emma Mejia, UNASUR Secretary General (not depicted), at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on October 26, 2011. AFP PHOTO/LEO RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez deliver

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez delivers a speech at the Miraflor presidential palace in Caracas on October 1, 2011. Chavez said Saturday that he is recovering from a cancer that was diagnosed more than three months ago and that he was 'confident' that he will be reelected in next year's elections and in the following , thus allowing him to remain in power until 2030. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez makes the 'v' sign after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the presidential palace in Caracas on August 24, 2011 during the latter's official visit to the country. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Venezuela President Hugo Chavez gestures

    Venezuela President Hugo Chavez gestures at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 21, 2011. A group of ten Dominicans shaved their heads in solidarity with Chavez, who had to be treated with chemotherapy for his cancer, and visited him at Miraflores presidential palace. AFP PHOTO/Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)