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CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH | Univision informed

Obama: I will not speculate about Chávez's health condition

US President Barack Obama refrained from making any comments about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's health condition

Latam presidents have voiced solidarity. A mass in Cuba, at Jesús de Miramar Church (Photo: Efe)
EL UNIVERSAL
Friday December 14, 2012  12:48 PM

Interviewed by Univision, President Barack Obama made no comments on the health condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Moreover, referring to Chávez decision over his next successor if failing to defeat cancer, the US president stressed that the future of Venezuela is up to its citizens. 

According to a transcript of the interview conducted by Univision, the US president remarked that the Venezuelan leader is charged with authoritarian policies and repression against dissenters. He also noted that he would rather not speculate about Chávez health conditions, AP cited.

Referring to the US-Venezuela relation, specifically the withdrawal of their ambassadors in 2010, the US president said that he was looking forward to engaging in a more solid relation, yet he reaffirmed that his country was not going to change its policies, which place special emphasis on Venezuela's freedom.
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