Monday Dec 31, 201208:23 AM GMT
Chavez suffers fresh complications: Venezuelan VP
Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pray during a mass in downtown Caracas on December 11, 2012.
Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pray during a mass in downtown Caracas on December 11, 2012.
Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:23AM
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Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has suffered further complications after his latest cancer surgery in Cuba, says Vice President Nicolas Maduro.


"We have been informed of new complications that arose as a consequence of the respiratory infection we already knew about," Maduro said in a televised address from the Cuban capital Havana, on Sunday.

Chavez is recovering from a respiratory infection following his fourth operation in Cuba since he was diagnosed with cancer in mid-2011.

"Nineteen days after undergoing surgery, President Chavez's state of health continues to be delicate with complications that are being attended to in a process that is not without risks," the vice president added.

Maduro, who has been appointed as the temporary replacement while Chavez is recovering, added that the president was facing a "tough situation."

The 58-year-old South American leader won another six-year term in October's presidential election and is expected to start a new term on January 10.

Chavez has named Maduro as his successor, asking Venezuelans to vote for him in fresh elections, should his health fail.

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