Thousands hold symbolic inauguration for Chavez

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A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds up a banner bearing the image of the South American leader at a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Hundreds of supporters gathered outside his presidential palace in an alternative inauguration, showing their support for the ailing leader and wearing T-shirts with the slogan "I am Chavez." The government organized the rally for the cancer-stricken leader on the streets outside Miraflores Palace on what was supposed to be his inauguration day. A swearing-in ceremony has been indefinitely postponed, despite opposition complaints. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Tens of thousands of chanting supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rallied outside his presidential palace Thursday in an exuberant symbolic inauguration for a leader too ill to return home for the real thing.

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