5. thats what I am thinking now, no elections need be held if Chavez is alive
and he is not required to swear in. My understanding is that elections must be called if a president dies in the first four years, elections must be held but the VP becomes president if the president dies in the last two years of the term. So they can remain in power 6 more years simply by maintaining that Chavez is "recovering".
Funny how Chavez railed against imperialism but his country has just become a colony of Cuba.