BBC News - Venezuela's Chavez in 'most difficult hours' - Maduro
Vice President Maduro is certainly taking the front foot on this. He's on television, in the media giving detailed interviews and acting as the face of the government. Things have taken a turn for the worse for Chavez, and it appears at this point unlikely he'll make a full recovery. From rumours in December that he'd actually died, he hasn't been seen since returning to Venezuela.Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is undergoing his "most difficult hours", his deputy has said.
On Monday, officials said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had a new, severe respiratory infection.
Dozens of people gathered to pray for his health at the hospital where Mr Chavez is being treated.
The question on my mind is this: It's unlikely that Chavez can take office at this point one way or the other.What happens next? Surely Maduro can't take over as Chavez himself was never sworn in due to his illness. So what's next? Court battles? Elections? Just ignore the process and stay in power?