In Venezuela, humor not stymied by Chavez’s crisis

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A political cartoon published in the Thursday edition of the daily Venezuelan newspaper "El Universal" shows the Supreme Court chief cutting up the constitution, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. A flurry of jokes and political cartoons have taken aim at the government's postponement of Chavez's inauguration. When the president's followers took to the streets to symbolically take the oath in Chavez's place, some critics said the outlandishness hit a new high. Venezuelan comedian Claudio Nazao says "what's happening is so absurd that people don't know whether to laugh or cry." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The monthlong absence of ailing President Hugo Chavez has elicited prayers, an emotional street rally and heated political debate. Amid the tense wait for news from Chavez's hospital in Cuba, Venezuelans are also turning to one of their most prized national attributes: a biting, irreverent sense of humor.

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