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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez wave a flag decorated with an image of him wearing military fatigues, and another flag of Venezuela's independence hero Simon Bolivar at Chavez's symbolic inauguration outside Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Like much of the country, the armed forces have been left in limbo as the nation awaits the outcome of Chavez’s fourth cancer surgery, carried out last month in a Cuban hospital. He hasn’t appeared or spoken in public since. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)