Venezuela's Chavez to miss scheduled swearing-in: government

Tue Jan 8, 2013 4:32pm EST

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will miss Thursday's scheduled swearing-in ceremony for his third term due to health problems, the government said in a letter to Congress read out on Tuesday.

Chavez has not been heard from since undergoing his fourth cancer surgery in Cuba on December 11, and officials have described his condition as delicate.

(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Sandra Maler)

A child walks past a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins