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Chavez VP moves to fill Venezuela leadership vacuum

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Vice President Nicolas Maduro is moving quickly to fill the vacuum left by President Hugo Chavez's prolonged absence, gaining valuable exposure and clout while the ailing Venezuelan leader battles cancer in Cuba. 

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gather outside the National Assembly in Caracas, on January 5, 2013. Vice President Nicolas Maduro is moving quickly to fill the vacuum left by Chavez's prolonged absence, gaining valuable exposure and clout while the ailing Venezuelan leader battles cancer in Cuba.

In a week of seesawing uncertainty and change, Chavez's handpicked political heir appears to have broken through the paralysis gripping the country since Chavez underwent surgery in Havana nearly a month ago.

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