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Jan 2, 2013

Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez’s severely weakened health as a result of an 18-month battle with cancer has raised the possibility of a new presidential election in Venezuela just months after the former soldier was re-elected to a third term.

CHAVEZ’S HEALTH

Chavez has made no public comments since traveling to Cuba three weeks ago for his fourth cancer operation since his diagnosis in June 2011.

Jan 1, 2013

Venezuela’s Chavez in stable condition, says son-in-law

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in stable condition and spent Monday with his daughters, the cancer-stricken leader’s son in law said in an appeal for supporters to ignore rumors about his condition.

Chavez has not been seen in public nor heard from in more than three weeks. The vice president said on Sunday that the 58-year-old was suffering a third set of complications after surgery in Cuba on December 11, his fourth operation in 18 months.

Dec 31, 2012

Analysis: Venezuela’s Maduro channels Chavez, lacks his charisma

CARACAS (Reuters) – He uses Hugo Chavez’s bombastic language, brandishes the constitution and showers opponents with vitriol at every turn.

But Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to replicate the extraordinary charisma of his boss, who is battling to recover from cancer surgery in Cuba.

Dec 31, 2012

Chavez suffers new post-surgery complications

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering further complications linked to a respiratory infection that hit him after his fourth cancer operation in Cuba, his vice president said in a somber broadcast on Sunday.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro flew to Cuba to visit Chavez in the hospital as supporters’ fears grow for the ailing 58-year-old socialist leader, who has not been seen in public nor heard from in three weeks.

Dec 31, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez suffers new post-surgery complications

CARACAS, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
is suffering further complications linked to a respiratory
infection that hit him after his fourth cancer operation in
Cuba, his vice president said in a somber broadcast on Sunday.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro flew to Cuba to visit Chavez
in the hospital as supporters’ fears grow for the ailing
58-year-old socialist leader, who has not been seen in public
nor heard from in three weeks.

Dec 19, 2012

Venezuelan official suggests Chavez’s inauguration could be delayed

CARACAS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A Venezuelan government official
has for the first time raised the possibility that Hugo Chavez’s
Jan. 10 inauguration could be delayed as the president struggles
to recover from his latest cancer surgery.

Few details have been given about the 58-year-old Chavez’s
condition after his fourth operation in 18 months. Officials say
he is lucid, but that doctors treated him for unexpected
bleeding and then a respiratory infection after last week’s
procedure.

Dec 19, 2012

Possible Chavez demise seen having minimal impact on PDVSA

CARACAS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Ten years ago when Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez’s leadership was in serious doubt, the
state oil company embarked on a devastating strike to force him
from office, resulting in a years-long decline in production.

Now, with the world’s 11th largest oil exporter on the brink
of a political transformation if cancer forces Chavez from
power, the odds are the opposite: an extension of “Chavismo”
should keep existing projects on track, while a change in
parties may usher in more foreign capital.

Dec 19, 2012

Venezuelan official says Chavez inauguration could be delayed

CARACAS (Reuters) – A government official in Venezuela for the first time has raised the possibility that Hugo Chavez’s January 10 inauguration could be delayed as the president struggles to recover from his latest cancer surgery.

Few details have been given about the 58-year-old leader’s condition after his fourth operation in 18 months. Officials say he is lucid, but that doctors treated unexpected bleeding and then a respiratory infection after last week’s procedure.

Dec 18, 2012

‘Chavez is life!’ – adulation in overdrive on Venezuelan media

CARACAS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Gathered in the yard of a small
home in the Venezuelan countryside, a young man with dreadlocks
asks a bearded musician clutching a guitar: “Who can Chavez rely
on?”

“All of us! Let me tell you who we are,” the older man
replies, breaking into song over gritty images of working-class
life in the South American country led by socialist President
Hugo Chavez.

Dec 14, 2012

Venezuela furious at Obama’s comments on ailing Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government reacted with fury on Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama’s criticism of ailing Hugo Chavez’s “authoritarian” government at a time of national anxiety over his battle to recover from cancer surgery.

In an interview with U.S. network Univision, Obama declined to speculate on the 58-year-old socialist president’s health in Cuba, where he is in a delicate state after his fourth operation since mid-2011 for cancer in the pelvic region.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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