CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba on Monday, more than two months after surgery for cancer that has jeopardized his 14-year rule of the South American OPEC nation.
The middle-of-the-night homecoming by Chavez, 58, implies some medical improvement – at least enough to handle a flight of several hours – and will again fire up supporters with hope he could return to active rule.
CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez has made a surprise return from Cuba where he underwent complex cancer surgery two months ago, but there is no word on whether he is fit enough to return to active rule of the South American OPEC nation.
Here are some key facts about Chavez:
* Born to a poor family in Venezuela’s plains, or “llanos,” on July 28, 1954, Chavez once aspired to be a painter and then a professional baseball player in the U.S. Major Leagues.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela published the first photos of cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez since his surgery in Havana more than two months ago, and said the socialist president was breathing through a tracheal tube and struggling to speak.
The pictures showed the 58-year-old, his face looking swollen but smiling, lying down in a hospital bed and flanked by his two daughters. In one, they were reading Thursday’s edition of the Cuban state newspaper Granma.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela published the first photos of cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez since his surgery in Cuba more than two months ago, showing him smiling while lying in bed reading a newspaper, flanked by his two daughters.
The government said on Friday that the 58-year-old president was still suffering respiratory problems after a lung infection, and that he was breathing through a tracheal tube.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro accused opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Saturday of “conspiring” against the OPEC nation during meetings in neighboring Colombia, stepping up his attacks on his most likely potential election rival.
The government is upbeat about President Hugo Chavez’s recovery from cancer surgery in Cuba. But the socialist maverick has not been seen in public or heard from in eight weeks, calling into question the future of his self-styled revolution.
MADRID/CARACAS (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper apologized on Thursday for splashing a “false photo” of Venezuela’s cancer-stricken leader Hugo Chavez on its front page, prompting a furious response from the government in Caracas, which vowed to take legal action.
Within minutes of posting the image online as a global exclusive, El Pais said it had discovered from social media that the photo was not of Chavez. It removed it from its website and withdrew its print edition.
MADRID/CARACAS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El
Pais newspaper apologised on Thursday for publishing a “false
photo” of cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,
removed the image from its website and withdrew its print
The Venezuelan government and the president of Argentina,
Chavez ally Cristina Fernandez, condemned the publication of the
photo. “As grotesque as it is false,” Venezuela’s information
minister said on Twitter.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said unidentified groups had entered the country with the aim of assassinating him and the head of the National Assembly as President Hugo Chavez recovers from cancer in Cuba.
Maduro provided no proof of the claim, made at a rally on Wednesday to mark the end of a dictatorship in the OPEC nation 55 years ago, but he said action would be taken shortly.
CARACAS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government is open
to improving troubled ties with Washington and is considering a
U.S. proposal for the return of anti-drug agents kicked out of
the country eight years ago by President Hugo Chavez, a senior
There has been no word from Chavez since he had cancer
surgery in Cuba five weeks ago, so every move the government
makes in his absence is being picked over for clues to what the
OPEC nation might look like in a post-Chavez era.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s vice president hit out at the country’s business leaders on Saturday, saying they were seeking to destabilize the country while cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez fights to recover from surgery.
Chavez has not been seen in public nor heard from in five weeks since his latest operation in Cuba, and his heir apparent Nicolas Maduro has taken on an increasingly visible role as the face of the government in the OPEC nation.