Reuters - Venezuela's flamboyant socialist leader Hugo Chavez said on Thursday he had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, presenting a serious challenge to his near-total dominance of the South American OPEC nation since 1999.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is being treated for “respiratory deficiency” after complications from a severe lung infection, his government said Thursday.
The statement pointed to a deepening crisis for the ailing 58-year-old president, who hasn’t been seen or heard from since his Dec. 11 operation in Cuba.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela early Monday, officials said, after a controversial extended stay in Cuba where he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor."We got here as the sun was rising. So very happy to be back home," Chavez said on Venezuelan state television as he arrived in time for July 5 bicentennial celebrations.
Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said Sunday that President Hugo Chavez was not in danger of losing his life after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, and hopes to recover in time for next year's presidential election.The tumor has "never been life threatening," Jaua insisted to the El Universal newspaper, in a bid to contain the shockwaves felt over the firebrand leader's surprise announcement from Cuba last week that he had the tumor removed.
CARACAS — Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez slid into a coma the day before he died of respiratory failure after cancer spread into his lungs, sources say.
Chavez’s precise condition was one of the world’s best-kept secrets since his cancer was announced in June 2011.
Since his death this week, however, details have emerged of the 58-year-old president’s battle with cancer and the last moments in the hospital with close family and senior aides.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admitted to having undergone an operation that removed a cancerous tumor, in his first televised address since he was rushed to hospital in Cuba on June 10."Studies confirmed the existence of a tumor with cancerous cells," Chavez admitted in an emotional late night address broadcast in Venezuela, where he expressed hope for a full recovery.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s vice president said Thursday that Hugo Chavez is still fighting for his life, yet a recent poll says nearly three in five Venezuelans believe their president will return to power.
Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s self-appointed successor, said on television that his boss “is battling there for his health, for his life, and we’re accompanying him.”
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After the close of U.S. markets Tuesday, Bloomberg reported Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not be sworn in on Thursday January 10. The likely reason is his ailing health. Chavez has been in Cuba for several weeks recovering from a fourth procedure to treat cancer.