Chávez placed Vice President Elías Jaua and Minister of Finance Jorge Giordani in charge of carrying out his orders, according to the Guardian, though Chávez retains control of the government and no interim president has been sworn in. Venezuela's constitution dictates that after 180 days, the vice president must be sworn in as president until the next election, the Guardian reports, though it's unclear if Chávez could retain power remotely for that long. The country is struggling with, among other things, an electricity shortage, housing concerns and inflation that has ranked among the highest in the world.
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