Saturday, June 23, 2018

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez undergoes cancer surgery in Cuba

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recovering after a successful cancer operation in Cuba, his vice president said Tuesday.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the surgery was both "complex" and successful. Maduro made the announcement on Venezuelan television, flanked by other Chavez aides and military commanders.

It was the fourth cancer-related operation that Chavez has undergone since June 2011.

Three days before the surgery, Chavez had announced that he needed to have surgery again after tests showed "some malignant cells" had reappeared in the same area of his pelvic region where tumors were previously removed.

During the surgery, close Chavez ally Tareck El Aissami had said on television: "Everything is going well."

Some government supporters held a prayer meeting in a Caracas plaza while the surgery was under way, joining hands and singing hymns.

"We ask God, to allow him to live," said Carmen Romero, who participated in the gathering.

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