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CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH | Medical tests found "malignant cells"

Chávez has cancer again; nominates VP for presidency if unable to rule

The Venezuelan president announced that he is to undergo a new cancer surgery. Therefore, he is returning to Havana, Cuba. In a mandatory nationwide radio and television broadcast he signed a letter requesting authorization from the National Assembly to leave Venezuela. He nominated Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, who is now the acting president, as the candidate to the presidency in the event that he is unable to end his current term in office

Hugo Chávez is to travel to Havana in the next few hours (Photo: TV screen capture)
ALEJANDRA M. HERNÁNDEZ F. |  EL UNIVERSAL
Saturday December 08, 2012  11:01 PM
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez late on Saturday acknowledged that a number of medical tests he underwent in Havana, Cuba, found recurrent malignant cells in the area previously affected by a cancerous tumor. Therefore, he said, he will have to undergo a new cancer surgery over the next few days.

In a mandatory nationwide radio and television broadcast, Chávez asked Venezuelans to vote Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan Executive Vice-President and Foreign Minister, in the event that he is unable to end his term in office or take office next January 10 for his new term (2013-2019). In such a scenario, a new presidential election has to be held, as provided for under the Venezuelan Constitution.

Chávez announced that he is traveling to Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, for a new cancer surgery. He explained that during his recent stay in the Caribbean island, where he received hyperbaric oxygen treatment, a number of tests were run. Such tests determined the recurrence of a cancer first diagnosed in mid-2010.

During his speech, Chávez signed a letter requesting authorization from the National Assembly to leave Venezuela for more than five days in order to receive medical treatment.
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