CARACAS -- An ashen face Vice President Nicolas Maduro announces that Chavez's recovery from cancer surgery in Cuba is "delicate, difficult, complex". He is accompanied by National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello and Oil Minister/PDVSA head Rafael Ramirez.
Maduro looks as if he may have been crying, he sniffles and his voice breaks throughout.
A few minutes later, the Venezuelan Minister of Information Ernesto Villegas announces that Chavez may not make it back in time for the inauguration on January 10.
"We trust that, with the love of millions, the Comandante will recover soon and take command before January 10," Villegas announced. "But if that's not the case, people should be ready to understand. It would be irresponsible to hide the delicacy of the current situation and the days that lie ahead."