Venezuela vice president: 'Complex and tough' treatments for Chavez


CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is undergoing “extremely complex and tough” treatments following cancer surgery, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday.

It was the first time that the government described Chavez’s latest treatment following his surgery in those terms. The government has not given details about what sort of treatments Chavez is now undergoing in Havana, more than two months after his fourth cancer-related surgery on Dec. 11.

Chavez hasn’t been seen or spoken publicly since Dec. 10, when he traveled to Havana for the operation.

Venezuelans on both sides of the country’s political divide have been speculating about the leader’s condition amid vague reports about his health, and Maduro’s latest remarks seemed likely to feed more speculation.


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