Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, one of them holding a sign with an image of him, gather outside of the National Assembly during the state-of-the-nation address in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro submitted the report in writing from ailing President Hugo Chavez, who is receiving treatment in Cuba after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery. Opposition politicians had argued that lawmakers should have postponed the annual speech because Chavez was supposed to deliver it. The sign reads in Spanish "Go ahead commander." (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, one of them holding a sign with an image of him, gather outside of the National Assembly during the  state-of-the-nation address in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro submitted the report in writing from ailing President Hugo Chavez, who is receiving treatment in Cuba after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery. Opposition politicians had argued that lawmakers should have postponed the annual speech because Chavez was supposed to deliver it. The sign reads in Spanish "Go ahead commander." (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, one of them holding a sign with an image of him, gather outside of the National Assembly during the state-of-the-nation address in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro submitted the report in writing from ailing President Hugo Chavez, who is receiving treatment in Cuba after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery. Opposition politicians had argued that lawmakers should have postponed the annual speech because Chavez was supposed to deliver it. The sign reads in Spanish "Go ahead commander." (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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