Venezuela court: Chavez swearing-in can be delayed

Pedestrians walk past a mural of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Venezuela's congress has voted to postpone the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez, which was scheduled for Thursday, to let him recover from cancer surgery in Cuba. Critics say that violates the country's constitution. On Wednesday, Venezuela's Supreme Court backed the congress ruling Chavez's inauguration can be postponed. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's Supreme Court chief said Wednesday that the upcoming inauguration of President Hugo Chavez can legally be postponed, siding with the government in a heated dispute with the opposition while the ailing leader struggles with complications a month after cancer surgery in Cuba.