Thousands of Venezuelans fervently swore "absolute loyalty" to Hugo Chavez in a giant rally for the cancer-stricken president on what was to have been his inauguration.
Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez march during a massive gathering outside Miraflores presidential palace in homage of Chavez, in Caracas, on January 10, 2013. With Chavez ailing and absent, Venezuela's leftist government launches a new presidential term with a display of popular support on the day he was to be inaugurated.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday led the crowd in the oath, which was repeated by roaring supporters of the absent leader, who packed central Caracas in a massive show of support at time of deep uncertainty over the country's future.
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