President Hugo Chávez is recovering after six-hour cancer operation
Executive Vice President Nicolás Maduro said in a mandatory nationwide radio and television address that President Hugo Chávez's cancer operation was completed "properly and successfully," adding that it was "a complex operation," but the president is recovering in his hospital room
"The operation has been completed. Commander Chávez is in his room and has started a special treatment," said Maduro in a mandatory nationwide radio and television address. He added that Chávez's recovery would "take several days."
Maduro voiced gratitude for people's solidarity with Chávez, in and out of Venezuela.
"We want to thank people for all their expressions of love," he said. He asked Venezuelans to pray for President Chávez's recovery.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.