With Chavez stricken, elections become crucial - Article Photos 2/8

A woman carries an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez before a mass in support of him in Havana, Cuba, 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/Ramon Espinosa)