Hugo Chavez’s allies re-elect legislative chief

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National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, center, gestures to supporters of President Hugo Chavez as Vice President Nicolas Maduro, left, looks on after a session by lawmakers at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Allies of President Hugo Chavez on Saturday chose to keep Diosdado as National Assembly president who is the next in line to step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances. Just five days remain until Chavez's scheduled inauguration on Thursday, and government officials are suggesting the swearing-in could be delayed as the president fights a severe respiratory infection after cancer surgery in Cuba. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Allies of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez on Saturday chose to keep the same National Assembly president — a man who could be in line to step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances.

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