Chavez foe condemns court decision on Chavez oath

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Venezuela's Supreme Court President Luisa Estella Morales gives a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.  Morales said the upcoming inauguration of President Hugo Chavez can legally be postponed. Morales made the statement amid a heated debate between the government and opposition over whether the constitution requires the ailing leader to be sworn in for a new term on Thursday. The congress has voted to delay the ceremony. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles is condemning the Supreme Court's endorsement of a delay in President Hugo Chavez's inauguration.

The Supreme Court sided with Venezuela's government and ruling party earlier Wednesday in the heated dispute with the opposition while the ailing leader struggles with complications a month after cancer surgery in Cuba.

Capriles says that "institutions should not respond to the interests of a government."

Supreme Court President Luisa Estella announced that it's legal for lawmakers to delay Chavez's swearing-in for a new term, which had been scheduled for Thursday.

Pro-Chavez lawmakers voted Tuesday to delay the ceremony, allowing Chavez to take the oath of office at a later date before the Supreme Court.

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