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President Hugo Chavez is undergoing his “most difficult hours”, Venezuela’s Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has said.

Nicolas Maduro spoke at length in a speech apparently designed to reassure citizens despite the failing health of Venezuela’s leader.

He accused the US of plotting against the Venezuelan government and said a US military attaché would be expelled.

On Monday officials said Hugo Chavez, 58, had a new, severe respiratory infection.

Dozens of people gathered to pray for his health at the hospital where Hugo Chavez is being treated.

He has not appeared in public since he returned to Venezuela last month after being treated for cancer in Cuba.

The address broadcast live on TV from the presidential Miraflores Palace showed Nicolas Maduro surrounded by political and military leaders in a display of solidarity.

Nicolas Maduro accused “enemies of the fatherland” in Venezuela and abroad, particularly the US, of seeking to undermine democracy in Venezuela.

Speaking in a room full of dignitaries including the defence minister and the president’s brother Adan Chavez, Nicolas Maduro said Hugo Chavez’s illness was an “attack” by his enemies and called for this to be investigated.

Nicolas Maduro said the US air force attaché, David Delmonaco, had been spying on Venezuela’s military and had 24 hours to leave the country: A US embassy spokesman said Washington was formulating a response.

President Hugo Chavez is undergoing his most difficult hours

President Hugo Chavez is undergoing his most difficult hours

In recent days, the opposition has condemned what they say is the lack of clarity surrounding his condition.

“The lack of precise information worries Venezuelans and fuels rumors,” said Ramon Guillermo Aveledo of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition.

At the weekend, hundreds of Venezuelan students and opposition members marched in Caracas demanding full details about Hugo Chavez’s health.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas accused Hugo Chavez’s opponents of showing “the same hatred that they have shown towards Chavez all these years.

“It annoys them that he won’t give up and neither will the people!” he wrote on his Twitter account.

On Monday Ernesto Villegas announced from the military hospital where Hugo Chavez is being treated that he had suffered “a worsening of respiratory function” and that his condition continued to be “very delicate”.

He said Hugo Chavez was undergoing “intensive chemotherapy, as well as complementary treatments”.

“The commander-president remains clinging to Christ and to life, conscious of the difficulties that he is facing, and complying strictly with the programme designed by his medical team,” Ernesto Villegas said.

Hugo Chavez, who has been in office for 14 years, is believed to have cancer in his pelvic area, but his exact illness has never been disclosed.

He announced in June 2011 that he had cancer and has undergone four operations since then, as well as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

The president was re-elected for another six-year term in October 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled that his swearing-in on January 10 could be delayed because of his illness.

Hugo Chavez is said to be taking decisions about the country from the hospital bed but there have been mixed messages from officials on his condition.

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President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a new, severe respiratory infection following cancer surgery, the Venezuelan government has said.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said Hugo Chavez’s condition continued to be very delicate.

Hugo Chavez, 58, returned to Venezuela last month after being treated for cancer in Cuba, but has not appeared in public since.

Many Venezuelans have been demanding full details about his health.

Ernesto Villegas read out the latest brief update on national television.

Speaking from the Caracas military hospital where Hugo Chavez is being treated, Ernesto Villegas said: “Today there is a worsening of respiratory function.”

He said Hugo Chavez was undergoing “intensive chemotherapy, as well as complementary treatments”.

“The commander-president remains clinging to Christ and to life, conscious of the difficulties that he is facing, and complying strictly with the programme designed by his medical team,” Ernesto Villegas said.

President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a new, severe respiratory infection following cancer surgery

President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a new, severe respiratory infection following cancer surgery

Hugo Chavez, who has been in office for 14 years, is believed to have cancer in his pelvic area, but his exact illness has never been disclosed.

The resident announced in June 2011 that he had cancer and has undergone four operations since then, as well as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Hugo Chavez was re-elected for another six-year term in October 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled that his swearing-in on January 10 could be delayed because of his illness.

At the weekend, hundreds of Venezuelan students and opposition members marched in Caracas demanding full details about Hugo Chavez’s health.

He is said to be taking decisions about the country from the hospital bed but there have been mixed messages from officials on his condition.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday that President Hugo Chavez was still having chemotherapy.

On Thursday, Nicolas Maduro had gone on TV to say Hugo Chavez was battling for his life.

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President Hugo Chavez is receiving chemotherapy in a Caracas hospital after cancer surgery in Cuba, Venezuela’s Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has revealed.

Nicolas Maduro was speaking after a Mass at a military hospital in honor of Hugo Chavez.

On Thursday, he went on TV to say Hugo Chavez was battling for his life.

President Hugo Chavez, 58, re-elected in October last year, returned to Caracas last month, but little has been heard about his condition until now.

Photos of him in smiling in bed, with his daughters beside him, were released shortly before he was flown home.

Late on Friday, a Mass was held at a new chapel at the Caracas Military Hospital, where the authorities say he was taken for treatment last week. One of Hugo Chavez’s daughters, Maria Gabriela, and senior officials attended the Mass.

“The treatments Commander Chavez is receiving are tough, but he is stronger than them,” VP Nicolas Maduro told reporters as he left the chapel.

Nicolas Maduro was speaking after opposition leader Henrique Capriles accused him of lying repeatedly about the president’s “real situation”.

As speculation mounts about the president’s future, a number of students have chained themselves together in a street in the capital, insisting the government “tells the truth”.

The government says Hugo Chavez is breathing with the help of a tracheal tube and meeting senior ministers from his sickbed at the military hospital.

President Hugo Chavez is receiving chemotherapy in a Caracas hospital after cancer surgery in Cuba

President Hugo Chavez is receiving chemotherapy in a Caracas hospital after cancer surgery in Cuba

Nicolas Maduro told reporters that after a “general improvement” in his condition, the doctors had decided to start “complementary treatments”.

“Do you know what complementary treatments are? They are chemotherapy that is applied to patients after operations.”

The vice-president added that Hugo Chavez was communicating with his aides “in writing and other ways he has come up with”.

“You know that President Chavez is very creative and his hands won’t be tied when it comes to communicating orders, guidelines and concerns.”

Hugo Chavez, who has been in office for 14 years, revealed he had cancer in June 2011 and has already had four operations, as well as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

It is believed he has cancer in his pelvic area but his exact illness has never been disclosed.

Last seen in public late last year, Hugo Chavez was reported to have suffered a severe respiratory infection after treatment in Havana.

Hugo Chavez was re-elected for another six-year term in October 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled that his swearing-in could be delayed because of his illness.

It was reported that more than half of Venezuelans believe Hugo Chavez will recover from his illness, although almost a third do not believe he will return to power.

VP Nicolas Maduro has been named by Hugo Chavez as his successor.

If Hugo Chavez is unable to return to office, an election must be held within 30 days under the constitution.

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is “battling for his life”, Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has announced today.

“Our commander is sick because he gave his life for those who don’t have anything,” Nicolas Maduro told Venezuelan TV.

Hugo Chavez first announced he was being treated for cancer in June 2011. The type of cancer and precise location have not been revealed.

He has not been seen in public since travelling to Cuba in December for his latest surgery.

Hugo Chavez – who has been in power 14 years – is believed to be suffering from cancer in his pelvic area.

He was reported to be suffering a severe respiratory infection following the latest surgery.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is "battling for his life", Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has announced today

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is “battling for his life”, Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has announced today

Hugo Chavez was re-elected as Venezuela’s president for another six-year term in October 2012, but his swearing-in was delayed because of his illness.

Speaking in Caracas, Vice-President Maduro – who widely regarded as his chosen successor – said President Chavez “didn’t take care of his health because he gave his body and soul” to the people.

“He’s battling for his life, for his health, and we are there with him,” he said.

Hugo Chavez returned from Cuba in mid-February, sending a series of celebratory tweets thanking his Cuban hosts for their help and his fellow Venezuelans for their support.

The week before, images were released of Hugo Chavez smiling in his hospital bed during a visit from his daughters.

But little has been heard of him since.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez says he has returned home after receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba.

In three messages posted on Twitter, Hugo Chavez, 58, thanked Cuban President and ex-leader Raul and Fidel Castro.

Hugo Chavez also thanked Venezuelans for their support and said he would continue treatment in his home country.

He has been president for 14 years and was re-elected for another six-year term in October 2012, but his swearing-in was delayed because of his illness.

Hugo Chavez went to Havana for surgery on December 11, his fourth operation in an 18-month period for cancer first diagnosed in mid-2011.

Last week the first images of him since the operation were broadcast by Venezuela’s government.

Hugo Chavez was pictured smiling as he lay in bed reading a newspaper, with his two daughters by his side.

Hugo Chavez says he has returned to Venezuela after receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba

Hugo Chavez says he has returned to Venezuela after receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba

He announced his return to Venezuela to his 3.9 million Twitter followers in a series of tweets that were bombastic in tone but short on detail.

“We have arrived back in the land of Venezuela. Thank you Lord!! Thanks to my beloved people! We will continue our treatment here.”

There was no information about when or why he returned, and no details about whether he would actively take up the duties of office.

Instead Hugo Chavez thanked Cuba’s leaders and people and said he had confidence in his doctors.

“Onwards to victory!! We will live and we will overcome!!!” Hugo Chavez wrote in his final tweet.

The extent of Hugo Chavez’s illness is shrouded in mystery, but it is understood to be serious.

During his treatment the Venezuelan leader is reported to have had tumors removed from his pelvic region.

Hugo Chavez has also undergone prior rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Though there have been few details about the president’s exact treatment, Vice-President Nicolas Maduro described it as “extremely complex and tough”.

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Venezuela has cut the value of its currency against the US dollar by 32%, in an effort to boost the country’s economy.

The widely expected measure ramps up the official exchange rate of the bolivar from 4.3 to 6.3 per US dollar.

The move was announced after Vice-President Nicolas Maduro’s return from Cuba, where he said President Hugo Chavez gave him instructions on the economy.

Hugo Chavez has not been seen or heard in public since December 2012, when he went to Havana for cancer treatment.

This is the fifth devaluation of the bolivar since Hugo Chavez’ administration started controlling the exchange rate, in 2003.

The previous devaluation was in 2010.

Experts have long considered the bolivar overvalued and the move came as no surprise in the oil-based economy.

As oil exports are calculated in US dollars, a weaker bolivar should mean more cash for the government.

Venezuela has cut the value of its currency against the US dollar by 32 percent, in an effort to boost the country’s economy

Venezuela has cut the value of its currency against the US dollar by 32 percent, in an effort to boost the country’s economy

Strict controls to prevent currency going out of the country mean that dollars are normally hard to get in Venezuela, but in recent times this situation had become acute.

Dollars have been trading at four times the official rate on the black market.

In a country that largely depends on food imports, the scarcity of dollars also led to shortages of products such as sugar and flour.

The new exchange rate is expected to address this situation.

But the measure is also expected to have an impact on the inflation, which has already been climbing.

The leader of the opposition, Henrique Caprilles, criticized on Twitter the fact that the government announced the devaluation on Carnival Friday in South America.

The opposition says the government has waited until after the elections to take the necessary steps in the economy.

“They’ve spent the money on the campaign, corruption and presents overseas,” wrote Henrique Caprilles, who lost the presidential elections to Hugo Chavez last year.

Hugo Chavez went to Cuba on December 8 to treat an undisclosed cancer and has not been seen or heard from since.

VP Nicolas Maduro recently said the president was “battling on” and had entered a new stage of treatment, after successfully finishing the post-operative phase.

Venezuela’s 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, Nicolas Maduro pledged loyalty to the president and said Hugo Chavez remained in charge of the country.

Nicolas Maduro also denied that there was a political fight for the succession.

President Hugo Chavez was due to be sworn in on January 10 for a fourth term.

The Supreme Court ruled he could take the oath at a later date, a view challenged by opposition figures.

“There is only one president: Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, supreme commander of the army, commander of the Bolivarian Revolution,” Nicolas Maduro told legislators.

Nicolas Maduro also used his speech to announce that Hugo Chavez had appointed former vice-president Elias Jaua as Venezuela’s new foreign minister.

The post was previously held by Nicolas Maduro.

The vice-president saluted National Assembly president, Diosdado Cabello, and dismissed rumors that they are political rivals.

“They say Cabello and I are fighting. But Cabello and I are united in our heart, in loyalty to a man who has the supreme command of this country.”

Venezuela’s 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

Venezuela’s 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

The vice-president said that his appearance to give the state of the union address was in accordance with the constitution, as Hugo Chavez had been granted leave of absence by the National Assembly.

This view was challenged by some legal experts – they highlight Article 237 of the Constitution, which stipulates that the president should appear “personally” to give the speech within 10 days of the inauguration of the legislature.

The current assembly was sworn in on January 5.

The speech, which in Hugo Chavez’s hands could go on for hours, lasted a matter of minutes with Nicolas Maduro.

President Hugo Chavez underwent a fourth operation for cancer on December 11, and suffered post-operative complications.

Nicolas Maduro told legislators he had met Hugo Chavez in Havana on Monday and that his health was improving.

“He is climbing the hill, he is fighting with his spirit, his vision, his love,” said Nicolas Maduro, adding that Hugo Chavez has been briefed on developments in Venezuela.

Supreme Court justices have ruled that Hugo Chavez, who has been in office since 1999, can be sworn in for another term as president at a later date.

Opposition leaders say the government is riding rough-shod over the constitution and have demanded clarity about who is running the country.

According to the constitution, if a president is permanently incapacitated, the speaker of the National Assembly should take over and elections called within 30 days.

If the absence is temporary, the vice-president assumes charge for a maximum of 180 days.

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Venezuela’s National Assembly has approved a request by President Hugo Chavez to postpone his inauguration for a new term in office, which was scheduled for Thursday, January 10.

Hugo Chavez is in hospital in Cuba after cancer surgery, and has suffered complications caused by a lung infection.

Legislators voted to give Hugo Chavez as much time as he needs to recover.

He has not been seen in public since his last operation a month ago.

Earlier, Vice-President Nicolas Maduro had confirmed that Hugo Chavez would be unable to attend the ceremony.

Venezuela’s opposition has called for the Supreme Court to rule on what should be done if Hugo Chavez is absent.

Its leader, Henrique Capriles, says Hugo Chavez should be declared absent, with the speaker of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, taking over as interim president.

President Hugo Chavez, who has been in power since 1999, was re-elected in October for a fourth term.

The government insists that the inauguration is a mere formality for an incumbent leader.

Venezuela’s National Assembly has approved a request by President Hugo Chavez to postpone his inauguration for a new term in office

Venezuela’s National Assembly has approved a request by President Hugo Chavez to postpone his inauguration for a new term in office

After weeks of speculation, Diosdado Cabello announced to legislators that Hugo Chavez had requested to be sworn in at a later date before the Supreme Court, according to Article 231 of the Constitution.

“On the recommendation of his medical team, the process of post-operation recuperation will have to be prolonged beyond 10 January, [as a result of which] he will be unable to present himself on this date to the National Assembly,” he said, reading a letter from Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

On Monday, Diosdado Cabello called on Hugo Chavez supporters to take to the streets of Caracas on Thursday to show support for him.

He said several foreign leaders had agreed to be at the Miraflores Presidential Palace on inauguration day.

But Henrique Capriles urged them to stay away and not succumb to “a game by a political party”, meaning Hugo Chavez’s ruling party.

In his most recent update on Hugo Chavez, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said his condition was “stable”, and he was “responding to the treatment”.

Venezuela’s constitution

  • Article 231: The president-elect shall take office on January 10 of the first year of their constitutional term, by taking an oath before the National Assembly. If for any reason, (they) cannot be sworn in before the National Assembly, they shall take the oath of office before the Supreme Court.
  • Article 233:(…) When there is an absolute absence of the president-elect before taking office, there shall be a new election by universal, direct and secret vote within the next 30      consecutive days. Pending the election and inauguration of the new president, the president of the National Assembly will assume responsibility for the presidency of the Republic.
  • If the absence of the president of the Republic occurs during the first four years of the constitutional period, there shall be a new election by universal, direct and secret vote within 30 consecutive days. Pending the election and inauguration of the new president, the executive vice-president will be responsible for the presidency of the Republic.
  • Article 234: When the president is temporarily unable to serve, they shall be replaced by the executive vice-president for a period of up to 90 days, which may be extended by resolution of the National Assembly for an additional 90 days.

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Venezuela’s National Assembly has chosen its leader, a possible stand-in for President Hugo Chavez who is in Cuba following cancer surgery.

The assembly re-elected the incumbent Diosdado Cabello, a leading ally of Hugo Chavez.

Opposition leaders are calling for new elections if the president cannot be sworn in for his new term on Thursday.

In such a situation, Diosdado Cabello would become caretaker president pending the outcome of the vote.

Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed the opposition’s calls, saying the Supreme Court can swear in Hugo Chavez at a later date.

Diosdado Cabello’s re-election was expected in the National Assembly, which is dominated by Hugo Chavez’s governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

“The president will continue being president beyond January 10, nobody should have any doubt about that,” Diosdado Cabello said after his election, adding: “We will never defraud the people.”

Nicolas Maduro watched the vote and debate from the balcony of the chamber.

Venezuela's National Assembly has chosen Diosdado Cabello as its new leader, a possible stand-in for President Hugo Chavez

Venezuela’s National Assembly has chosen Diosdado Cabello as its new leader, a possible stand-in for President Hugo Chavez

Diosdado Cabello finds himself in a position of great power and influence.

Analysts say he is seen as a political rival to Nicolas Maduro, whom Hugo Chavez has named as his preferred successor.

However, both men have vowed to maintain unity in the PSUV. They both visited Hugo Chavez in Cuba earlier in the week, along with several other dignitaries.

Hundreds of Chavez supporters rallied outside parliament on Saturday following an appeal by Diosdado Cabello.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas, who was among the first government officials to arrive for the vote, said: “There is a clear leadership here by Comandante Chavez who is so responsible that he has even studied the worst case scenarios.

“We have a president who has been elected from 2013 to 2019… and that will be perfectly fulfilled. Chavez is the president of Venezuela. There is no other.”

Experts have different interpretations of what it would mean if Hugo Chavez misses his inauguration.

Some in the opposition say that if Hugo Chavez is still in Cuba, power should pass to the head of the National Assembly and new elections should be held within 30 days.

But Nicolas Maduro has insisted that Thursday is not a fixed deadline and that there was no reason to declare Hugo Chavez’s “absolute absence” from office.

“The formality of his swearing-in can be resolved in the Supreme Court,” he said.

“The president right now is president.”

Hugo Chavez – who was re-elected for a fourth term in October – has not been seen in public since his latest round of surgery more than three weeks ago.

Ernesto Villegas said on Thursday that the president had suffered complications due to a lung infection and had a “respiratory insufficiency”.

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Venezuelan National Assembly is due to begin its new session as the ill-health of President Hugo Chavez casts doubt over his inauguration on January 10.

Current leader Diosdado Cabello is due to be re-elected head of the assembly – dominated by Hugo Chavez’s supporters.

President Hugo Chavez is in Cuba struggling to recover from his latest round of surgery to treat cancer.

Opposition leaders are calling for new elections if he cannot be sworn in for his new six-year term on Thursday.

But Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has said the Supreme Court can swear in Hugo Chavez at a later date.

The normally routine opening of the National Assembly has been given added significance because of Hugo Chavez’s absence.

Under the constitution, the head of the assembly must lead the country if new elections are called.

Venezuelan National Assembly is due to begin its new session as the ill-health of President Hugo Chavez casts doubt over his inauguration on January 10

Venezuelan National Assembly is due to begin its new session as the ill-health of President Hugo Chavez casts doubt over his inauguration on January 10

Analysts say Diosdado Cabello is seen as a political rival to Nicolas Maduro, whom Hugo Chavez has named as his successor.

However, both men have vowed to maintain unity in the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

Both visited Hugo Chavez in Cuba earlier in the week, along with several other dignitaries.

Diosdado Cabello called on Hugo Chavez supporters to rally outside parliament on Saturday “to exhort revolutionary unity and head off the campaign of rumors”.

“If the opposition thinks it will find a space in the National Assembly to conspire against the people, it’s mistaken once again,” Diosdado Cabello said on Twitter.

“It will be defeated.”

Experts have different interpretations of what it would mean if Hugo Chavez misses his inauguration.

Some in the opposition say that if Hugo Chavez is still in Cuba, power should pass to the head of the National Assembly and new elections should be held within 30 days.

But Nicolas Maduro has insisted that Thursday is not a fixed deadline and that there was no reason to declare Hugo Chavez’s “absolute absence” from office.

“The formality of his swearing-in can be resolved in the Supreme Court,” he said.

“The president right now is president.”

Hugo Chavez – who was re-elected for a fourth term in October – has not been seen in public since his latest round of surgery more than three weeks ago.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said on Thursday that the president had suffered complications due to a lung infection and had a “respiratory insufficiency”.

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Venezuela’s government has said President Hugo Chavez can begin his new six-year term in office on January 10, even if he is too ill to attend a swearing-in ceremony.

Vice-President Nicolas Maduro said the Supreme Court could swear in Hugo Chavez at a later date.

Nicolas Maduro dismissed opposition calls for new elections should Hugo Chavez not attend.

President Hugo Chavez is in Cuba struggling to recover from his latest round of surgery to treat cancer.

He has not been seen in public since the operation more than three weeks ago.

Observers have different interpretations of what it would mean if Hugo Chavez misses his inauguration on Thursday.

Some in the opposition have said that if Hugo Chavez is still in Cuba, power should pass to the speaker of parliament, and new elections should be held within 30 days.

But Nicolas Maduro said Thursday was not a fixed deadline, and that there was no reason to declare Hugo Chavez’s “absolute absence” from office.

“The formality of his swearing-in can be resolved in the Supreme Court,” he said.

“The president right now is president,” he said, waving a pocket-sized copy of the constitution.

“Don’t mess with the people. Respect democracy.”

Venezuela’s government has said President Hugo Chavez can begin his new six-year term in office on January 10, even if he is too ill to attend a swearing-in ceremony

Venezuela’s government has said President Hugo Chavez can begin his new six-year term in office on January 10, even if he is too ill to attend a swearing-in ceremony

The head of the main opposition coalition, Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, said the government “doesn’t want to admit that the president is absent”.

“The official version of what is happening is unsustainable,” he told reporters.

Officials have said that Hugo Chavez, 58, has suffered from complications brought on by a severe lung infection that developed after his latest surgery.

Nicolas Maduro said the president had “a right to rest and tranquility, and to recuperate”.

“We will have the commander well again.”

Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly Head Diosdado Cabello visited Hugo Chavez in Cuba earlier in the week, along with several other dignitaries.

The vice-president said President Hugo Chavez was “conscious” and had gripped his hand firmly as they discussed Venezuelan politics.

Nicolas Maduro and Diosdado Cabello dismissed rumors of a split in the governing socialist movement, after their return from Cuba.

“We’re more unified than ever,” said Nicolas Maduro, who Hugo Chavez recently named as his preferred successor.

“We swore in front of Commander Chavez that we’ll be united at the side of our people,” he said.

The National Assembly is due to meet on Saturday to elect its leadership, with Diosdado Cabello expected to be re-elected.

He has appealed to supporters of Hugo Chavez to rally outside parliament during the session.

“If the opposition thinks it will find a space in the National Assembly to conspire against the people, it’s mistaken once again,” Diosdado Cabello said on Twitter.

“It will be defeated.”

Hugo Chavez was re-elected to a fourth term as president in October.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is conscious but in a “delicate and complex situation” after a cancer operation in Cuba, says his deputy, Nicolas Maduro.

Vice-President Nicolas Maduro said he had seen Hugo Chavez twice in the past two days.

The 58-year-old president has been in power since 1999 and was elected for a fourth term in office in October.

Hugo Chavez is due to be sworn in for a new term on January 10, but it is unclear if he will be able to attend ceremony.

But Nicolas Maduro angrily denounced speculation the president’s health was failing.

Earlier, Venezuelan cabinet ministers prayed for Hugo Chavez’s recovery during a Mass at the presidential palace in Caracas.

Official New Year celebrations were called off after Nicolas Maduro announced the president had suffered new complications.

Speaking in Havana, Nicolas Maduro said he had visited Hugo Chavez in hospital twice since arriving on Saturday.

“We have faith in God and in the doctors that Hugo Chavez will continue to make progress and sooner or later will emerge from this complex and delicate post-operative state he is in,” he told the Latin American satellite network Telesur.

President Hugo Chavez is conscious but in a delicate and complex situation after cancer operation in Cuba, says his deputy, Nicolas Maduro

President Hugo Chavez is conscious but in a delicate and complex situation after cancer operation in Cuba, says his deputy, Nicolas Maduro

But he gave very little further concrete information about the condition of the president, who underwent his operation on December 11.

He said Hugo Chavez gripped his hand “with gigantic force” as they spoke, discussing political matters, the economy in Venezuela and the swearing-in of new governors following regional elections.

He denounced what he called right-wing media rumors about Hugo Chavez’s health as the work of “mentally ill” people, saying they were inventing and manipulating information without respect for the president or his family.

Earlier this year, Hugo Chavez said he had been cleared of a cancer diagnosed in 2011 and was fit to serve out his six-year term.

But on December 11, he went through his fourth cancer operation in Cuba.

There are also many questions about what will happen on January 10 when Hugo Chavez is due to be re-inaugurated.

National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello recently said that the swearing-in ceremony would be delayed in the case of Hugo Chavez’s absence.

But the opposition says such move would be unconstitutional.

The Venezuelan constitutions states that a new election should be called in 30 days should the president not be fit enough to attend his inauguration, the opposition argues.

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Venezuela’s cabinet ministers got together to pray for the recovery of President Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from cancer operation.

They took part in a mass held at the presidential palace in Caracas.

Official New Year celebrations were called off on Sunday after Vice-President Nicolas Maduro announced that Hugo Chavez had suffered new complications.

The 58-year-old president is due to be sworn in for a new term on January 10th.

“The government is united, we are all praying for his health to recover so he can return to our country,” said Federal District governor Jacqueline Farias.

Elsewhere in Caracas, at the San Francis church, some 300 people attended another mass for Hugo Chavez.

Correspondents in Caracas describe the end-of-year atmosphere as subdued, yet calm.

Hugo Chavez, who has been in power since 1999, was elected in October for a fourth term in office.

Earlier this year, he said he had been cleared of a cancer diagnosed in 2011 and was fit to serve out his six-year term.

But on December 11, Hugo Chavez went through his fourth cancer operation in Cuba.

Venezuela’s cabinet ministers got together to pray for the recovery of President Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from cancer operation

Venezuela’s cabinet ministers got together to pray for the recovery of President Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from cancer operation

It is now three weeks since Hugo Chavez has been seen or heard from in person.

There are also many questions about what will happen on January 10, when Hugo Chavez is due to be re-inaugurated.

National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello recently said that the swearing-in ceremony would be delayed in the case of Hugo Chavez’s absence.

But the opposition says such move would be unconstitutional.

The Venezuelan constitutions states that a new election should be called in 30 days should the president not be fit enough to attend his inauguration, the opposition argues.

Vice-president Nicolas Maduro went to Cuba on Saturday to meet Hugo Chavez.

In a televised announcement from Havana on Sunday, he said that the president had “suffered new complications” and that his health state remained “delicate”.

“We have been informed of new complications that arose as a consequence of the respiratory infection we already knew about,” he said.

He added that the treatment was “not without risk.”

Following Nicolas Maduro’s announcement, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas appeared in a special programme on Venezuelan TV, calling on Venezuelans not to believe rumors about the president’s health.

Late on Sunday, Ernesto Villegas said a government-organized New Year’s Eve concert in central Caracas had been cancelled and he urged Venezuelans to pray for President Hugo Chavez.

Hugo Chavez’s career:

  • Born in 1954
  • 1992: Leads a failed coup attempt against President Carlos Perez
  • 1999: Takes office after winning election
  • 2006: Wins another six-year term as president
  • 2011: Reveals he is being treated for cancer and has two operations in Cuba
  • 2012: Has two more operations
  • October 2012: Re-elected for another term as president

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has suffered “new complications” after a cancer operation in Cuba, his vice-president Nicolas Maduro has said.

In a televised address from Havana, Nicolas Maduro said Hugo Chavez continued to be in a “delicate state”.

Hugo Chavez underwent his fourth cancer operation on December 11 in Cuba but suffered a respiratory infection.

The president – who has been in power since 1999 – won another term in October’s election.

Nicolas Maduro did not give details about Hugo Chavez’s condition but said the latest complications were connected to the respiratory infection.

“We have been informed of new complications that arose as a consequence of the respiratory infection we already knew about,” he said.

“The president gave us precise instructions so that, after finishing the visit, we would tell the [Venezuelan] people about his current health condition.

“The state of health of President Chavez continues to be delicate.”

He added that the treatment was “not without risk.”

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has suffered new complications after cancer operation in Cuba

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has suffered new complications after cancer operation in Cuba

Nicolas Maduro, appearing solemn, spoke alongside Hugo Chavez’s eldest daughter, Rosa, his son-in-law Jorge Arreaza, and Venezuelan Attorney General Cilia Flores.

The vice-president said he would remain in Havana “for the coming hours” but did not specify how long.

Late on Sunday, Venezuela’s Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said a government-organized New Year’s Eve concert in central Caracas had been cancelled and he urged Venezuelans to pray for President Chavez.

It is now three weeks since Hugo Chavez has been seen or heard from in person.

There continues to be huge secrecy surrounding his precise condition.

There are also many questions about what will happen on January 10 when Hugo Chavez is due to be re-inaugurated.

National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello recently said that the swearing-in ceremony would be delayed in the case of Hugo Chavez’s absence.

However, opposition leaders say postponing the inauguration would be unconstitutional.

The constitution states that if there is an “absolute absence” of the president, elections must be held within 30 days.

Hugo Chavez has said that, should his health fail, Venezuelans should vote for Nicolas Maduro in fresh elections.

Officials have never disclosed the type or severity of Hugo Chavez’s cancer, which was first diagnosed in June 2011.

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has improved after a cancer operation in Cuba and has started walking and exercising, country’s Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has said.

Nicolas Maduro told state TV he had spoken on the phone to HUgo Chavez, describing the call as “the best present we could get this Christmas”.

Hugo Chavez underwent his fourth cancer operation on December 11 in Cuba but suffered a respiratory infection.

President Hugo Chavez – in power since 1999 – won another term in October’s election.

Earlier, Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said: “The patient has shown a slight improvement in his condition.”

However, no pictures of HUgo Chavez after the surgery have been released so far.

Hugo Chavez, 58, is scheduled to be sworn in on January 10.

The lack of any word from Hugo Chavez for two weeks prior to the comments by the two senior officials raised serious concerns about his current condition and his ability to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has improved after a cancer operation in Cuba and has started walking and exercising

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has improved after a cancer operation in Cuba and has started walking and exercising

Bolivian President Evo Morales was in Cuba over the weekend but did not speak to reporters and a Cuban government invitation for media to cover his arrival and departure was withdrawn.

Evo Morales is expected to issue a statement later on Hugo Chavez’s condition.

The country’s constitution states that elections must be held within 30 days if there is an “absolute absence” of the president.

But National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello has said Venezuela will not call fresh elections if President Hugo Chavez is unable to be sworn in on 10 January.

Diosdado Cabello said the swearing-in ceremony would be delayed.

“Since [President] Chavez might not be here on 10 January, [the opposition] hopes the National Assembly will call elections. That’s not going to happen. Commandante Hugo Chavez will continue to be our president,” Diosdado Cabello said.

According to Diosdado Cabello, the constitution allows him to be sworn in before Supreme Court justices, but it does not stipulate when or where.

Hugo Chavez has said Venezuelans should vote for Nicolas Maduro in fresh elections, should his health fail.

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez says he will return to Cuba on Sunday for more cancer surgery.

Hugo Chavez, 58, only returned on Friday from his last course of treatment there.

In a TV address Hugo Chavez said it was “absolutely essential” that he received further treatment, adding that more malignant cells had been found.

The Venezuelan leader has had three cancer operations in Cuba since mid-2011, but few details have been released.

Speaking from the Miraflores presidential palace, Hugo Chavez said that if his health failed and a new election had to be held, his supporters should vote for Vice-President Nicolas Maduro.

Correspondents say it is the first time the president has named a successor.

“Unfortunately, during these exhaustive exams they found some malignant cells in the same area. It is absolutely necessary, absolutely essential, that I have to undergo a new surgical intervention,” Hugo Chavez said.

“With God’s will, like on the previous occasions, we will come out of this victorious.”

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez says he will return to Cuba on Sunday for more cancer surgery

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez says he will return to Cuba on Sunday for more cancer surgery

During his latest visit to Cuba, Hugo Chavez was said to be receiving “hyperbaric oxygenation” therapy, which can ease ailments caused by radiation treatment.

Hugo Chavez has spent many months receiving surgery and treatment in Cuba since his diagnosis in July 2011.

In May, he declared himself free of cancer.

However, the president has never given much detail about the type of cancer he suffered from, and chose to be treated in Cuba rather than Venezuela, which has led the opposition to call for greater transparency.

Hugo Chavez’s recent visit to Cuba follows his re-election in October for a third term in office.

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