Chavez to go under knife, names successor

2012-12-09 22:29

Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was to return on Sunday to Cuba for another surgery in his battle against cancer, which has led him to speak publicly of a successor for the first time.

Chavez said Vice President Nicolas Maduro, 50, should replace him for the remainder of his term if there are "circumstances that prevent me from exercising the presidency further".

The 58-year-old announced in a television broadcast late on Saturday that he would fly to Cuba for the surgery, from where he had just returned after having treatment on Friday.

"It is absolutely necessary that I undergo another operation because new malignant cells have been found. I have to return to Havana," he said.

"With God's favour, we will move forward and win," he said.

Chavez, who has governed Venezuela since 1999, won the 7 October presidential election with 55% of the vote and is due to start a further six-year mandate on 10 January.

He underwent surgery for an unspecified cancer of the pelvic region in June 2011, when he was first diagnosed, and again in February.

Chavez had declared himself completely cured earlier this year, yet rumours of his health persisted. On 27 November, he travelled once again to Cuba, where he received oxygen treatment for 11 days.

Venezuela is due to hold important regional election on 16 December. The opposition has demanded in recent weeks more transparency regarding Chavez's health.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 00:46

    Well wishes Mr President, and hoping that you make it through!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-10 06:30

      . The signs of a disturbed mind; when your heros are; Chavez mugabe gaddafi assad Ahmadinejad Signed Anthony Varekamp

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 09:49

      Another false binary. Open your mind, and introduce a little more nuance into your thoughts!

      albert.m.burger - 2012-12-10 10:47

      Nuance: a mind altering substance?

      ismail.louw.1 - 2012-12-11 10:30

      Well wishes Mr President. Thank you Fidel. - Unfortunately, many have been brainwashed by the lies displayed by the US and the media. One only needs to have visited Venezuela then and now, to know the changes this brilliant leader has made and the lies by the US because of not wanting to give away Venezuela's natural resources, and submit to the US threats. But these are becoming more clear, through people like Assange and Pilger - Its only a matter of time before the world sees the light, just like they saw the light when the ANC and Mandela were labelled terrorist by the same US and British powers that label Chavez a "criminal". Shows you just how bright our citizens are that commented here.....Viva Chavez!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-11 11:44

      Ismail, Very few countries in the world have so many 'billions' p'ssing out of the ground as venezuela!!! And whenever Chavez has to see a doctor, he has to fly to another country!!! What an a.shole !!!!!!!!!!

  • christo.pienaar.54 - 2012-12-10 12:43

    @ fidel.mgoqi Nuance: a very slight difference in meaning, feeling, tone, or use or awareness of subtle shades of meaning or feeling, especially in artistic expression or performance

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-10 12:53

      And you address this to me why?

  • - 2012-12-10 15:47

    for the sake of millions of people around Venezuela, I do hope he does NOT make it through this.

  • horst.muller.7330 - 2012-12-10 16:26

    Why does he need to fly to Cuba for treatment? Have his Venezuelan doctors all run away?

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