Venezuelan VP active in Chavez's absence - Article Photos 1/1

In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro, center, speaks to students during the inauguration of a school in Barinas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Venezuela's vice president stepped into the shoes of ailing President Hugo Chavez in a flurry of public events Friday, working to maintain an image of government continuity after more than five weeks of unprecedented silence from the normally garrulous president. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)