Maduro assures Venezuela that the President is recovering

Venezuelan Vice-President, Nicolas Maduro, said President Hugo Chávez has moved on to a new phase in his cancer treatment and that a critical post-operatory phase has been closed.  He assured people that the President is gradually recovering.

“What never fails is his spirit,” Maduro said about Chávez, “that willingness to remain among us, a gigantic will to live, his smile, the glow in his face, the glow in his eyes, his message of guidance.”

Venezuela’s Communications Minister, Ernesto Villegas, said last Saturday that the President’s health has progressed favorably after a complicated surgery on December 11th and that he is no longer suffering from a respiratory infection.

The 59-year-old President underwent his fourth cancer-related surgery in the past 19 months; while it’s known that Chávez’ cancer is located in the pelvic region, the exact location has not been disclosed by Chávez or his government officials.

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