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Tuesday January 15, 2013

Latin America News: Hugo Chavez on the Mend Says His Government

Latin America News: Hugo Chavez on the Mend Says His Government

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Venezuela’s vice president said Tuesday that President Hugo Chavez is making progress in his recuperation in Cuba, where he remains hospitalized following a Dec. 11 operation to remove a cancerous tumor.

“We could say that our comandante is “climbing the hill, he’s advancing and that fills us with joy from a purely human point of view, but it also signifies great happiness for our country,” Nicolas Maduro said at a session of Venezuela’s Federal Council.

Just back from Cuba, Maduro said he and other senior officials met with Chavez on Monday to update him on the latest developments in Venezuela.

Chavez, 58, who won another six-year term in the Oct. 7 election, has undergone four operations, chemotherapy and radiation since being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.

The president is progressing favorably, the Venezuelan government said in the latest bulletin on Chavez’s condition, but still requires “specific measures” for a respiratory insufficiency caused by a post-operative infection.

Chavez had questions for all of the officials during Monday’s briefing in Havana, Maduro said.

Besides Maduro and Chavez, the meeting included Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello, Attorney General Cilia Flores and Barinas state Gov. Adan Chavez, the president’s brother.

Maduro and the other Chavez confidants stayed in Cuba over the weekend and on Sunday met with brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, the respective former and current presidents of the Communist island.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled that Chavez, who first took office in 1999, could delay his swearing-in, set for last Thursday, without creating a constitutional vacuum and that Maduro may remain in charge during the president’s absence.