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Venezuelans Not Sure about Chavez’s Condition

On Sunday, the government announced that Chavez has a respiratory infection due to a post-operative process

On Sunday, the government announced that Chavez has a respiratory infection due to a post-operative process

January 3, 2013 – Both supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez rang in the New Year on Tuesday both nervous and anxious over the shifting signals coming from the government over the leader’s health following another cancer surgery three weeks ago in the island nation of Cuba.

No one has heard from or seen Chavez since his operation on December 11 and officials reported the president had gone through a series of problems during his recovery. On Sunday, the government announced that Chavez has a respiratory infection due to a post-operative process.

One of Chavez’s allies, Jorge Rodriguez, the mayor of the district of Caracas said on Tuesday that Chavez was in a delicate state and amidst a complex process in his recovery.

Rodriguez said that most Venezuelans had shown a great deal of support and compassion for Chavez and urged millions of Venezuelans to keep their president in their thoughts and prayers and said he hoped Chavez would recover.

Jorge Arreaza, a son-in-law of Chavez, who is the science minister for the government and has been with Chavez in Cuba, urged fellow Venezuelans on Monday, via Twitter, not to believe the rumors that are bad-intentioned and circulating on the internet. Arreaza said Chavez spent Monday with his children and was stable and calm.

That tweet came 24 hours after Nicolas Maduro, the vice president, said from Havana that Chavez had new complications. Last week Maduro said Chavez had been up and was walking around.

Chavez’s political opponents have been complaining that his government is not telling the public enough about the President’s health and even his supporters have said they would like to know more about his condition.

Chavez has fought a pelvic cancer since June of 2011, but the form of cancer has never been made public.

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