One tries to take a couple days off for a "procedure" and one comes back to yet a new spectacle of the absurd.
Today Maduro was sworn in, but he was not. Let's face it: the 1999 constitution is crystal clear that an elected president is sworn on January 10. There is no doubt on that.
There is no doubt that the 1999 constitution is still the legal one since the constituent assembly, ANC, has yet to discuss anything substantial (or unsubstantial for that matter) on a new constitution.
Never mind that the ANC has been called and elected illegally and thus the anticipated presidential election called by the ANC is void. Never mind the extent of cheating the regime may have done without even reaching 46% participation (only some "experts" claim that 40% was reached).
Let's just say to simplify arguments that Maduro today swore that he will be swearing in on January. Or something of that likeness.
So why call for a show in a hurry, a swearing in that defies any logical time, a swearing in that is not attended by any foreign figure that I know off, even allied. These last ones simply did not have time to come to the hurried up event, and Maduro needs them for such a show!
This is a slap in the face to the bulk of nations that have announced they will not recognize him. This is a slap in the face of the opposition that voted earlier at the national assembly that the election was void.
More importantly this is a slap in the face to the "dissidence" inside chavismo. They all know that Maduro did not get 6 million votes IN SPITE of all the electoral cheating he and his cronies perpetrated. The Maduro clan looks more and more isolated within chavismo, albeit more powerful. This week numerous arrest in military barracks happened. they have been happening regularly which means that indeed some discontent exist there. Why should it not be so? The troops is as deprived of adequate food as the rest of the populace. Only generals and colonels are fat, obscenely fat sometimes. And not all of them must be willing to sacrifice their reaches as international sanctions are widening, taking last round the #2 of the regime AND his family in a swell scoop.
But there may be a side effect to that hurried swearing ceremony, not that Maduro cares for those at this point. By swearing in that he will swear in but in fact starting as of today his new term, he does so outside of the law and current constitution. As such he allows any country that wishes it not to recognize any document that carries his signature.
As of today.