Venezuela's Vice President Maduro
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Venezuelan Vice-President Maduro gives annual address

16 January 2013 Last updated at 07:38 GMT

Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has given the annual state of the nation speech in place of Hugo Chavez, who is still recuperating in Cuba after cancer surgery.

In a brief speech to the National Assembly, Mr Maduro pledged loyalty to the president and said Mr Chavez remained in charge of the country.

Sarah Grainger reports from Caracas.