With Chavez stricken, elections become crucial - Article Photos 1/8

People release sky lanterns during a vigil in support of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Chavez is recovering favorably despite suffering complications during cancer surgery in Cuba, his vice president Nicolas Maduro said Thursday amid uncertainty over the Venezuelan leader's health crisis and the country's political future. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)