“It’s more for the Chavez movement than the country in general,” Leon said. “There’s nothing that one can verify, and the credibility is almost nil.”
Maduro and several Cabinet ministers attended a Christmas Eve Mass in Caracas on Monday afternoon to pray for the president.
The vice president and other officials continued to strongly suggest that Chavez would not return in time for his Jan. 10 inauguration.
Opposition leaders have argued that the constitution does not allow the president’s swearing-in to be postponed, and say new elections should be called if Chavez is unable to take the oath on time.
However, Attorney General Cilia Flores insisted the constitution lets the Supreme Court administer the oath of office at any time if the National Assembly is unable to do it Jan. 10 as scheduled.
“Those who are counting on that date, hoping to thwart the Revolution and the will of the people, will end up frustrated once again,” Flores said. “What we have is a president who has been re-elected, he will take over, will be sworn in on that day, another day, that is a formality.”