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Chavez appears on TV after cancer surgery

03-05-2012 08:01 BJT

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has appeared on television for the first time in nine days after undergoing surgery in Cuba to remove a tumor.

Chavez says his recuperation has been open, progressive and rapid. He states he will need radiation treatment for cancer during the run-up to Venezuela’s October presidential poll.


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez talks during a meeting with his cabinet while
recovering from a surgery in Havana March 3, 2012.

Chavez’s comments about his health come at the end of a 90-minute address to Venezuelans, shown on state TV, in which he expresses confidence in his recovery, tells jokes, signs state papers and even breaks into song.

In the address, Chavez also reiterates his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Speaking about the Russian presidential election, Chavez says he is confident Vladimir Putin will prevail victorious.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds a copy of Cuban newspaper
Granma during a meeting with his cabinet while recovering from
a surgery in Havana March 3, 2012.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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