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Venezuela’s stability may be at risk with Chavez’s absence

Allies, opponents accuse each other of plotting coup

CARACAS — Venezuela is heading toward a constitutional crisis as allies of Hugo Chavez and the opposition accuse each other of using the socialist president’s battle with cancer to plot a coup.

At issue is whether Chavez will appear in Caracas this week to be sworn in for a third, six-year term. The president was reelected Oct. 7 but is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba.

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