INTERNATIONAL NEWS - The Organization of American States (OAS) has rejected a complaint by the Venezuelan opposition that the government had violated the constitution when it postponed the inauguration of ailing President Hugo Chavez.
The 58-year-old left-wing nationalist leader, who won a fourth term in October, is recovering at a Cuban hospital after undergoing cancer surgery for the fourth time in December.
The opposition had contacted the OAS after the government said Chavez could remain president without being sworn in as planned on Thursday.
The OAS "fully respected" the decision of the Venezuelan authorities, which had been endorsed by parliament and the Supreme Court, OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza said on Thursday in Santiago de Chile.
Tens of thousands of Chavez supporters rallied Thursday outside the presidential palace.
Chavez' deputy and successor Nicolas Maduro accused the "far right" of planning a bloodbath and pledged to take "strong action" if the opposition tried to destabilize the government.
The presidents of Uruguay, Bolivia and Nicaragua attended the rally.