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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

“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.

Dec 14, 2012

With Chavez sidelined, opposition tests strength in Venezuela polls

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans vote for state governors on Sunday in an election that will decide if the opposition stays united behind youthful leader Henrique Capriles amid signs that President Hugo Chavez’s cancer could force him to step down.

Capriles, the governor of Miranda state, lost to Chavez in the October presidential election but won 45 percent of the vote and is seen as the most likely candidate if Chavez is unable to stay in power and a new election is called.

Dec 14, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez improving after surgery complications

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez suffered unexpected bleeding caused by a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba, the government said, although the ailing president’s condition began to improve on Thursday.

The 58-year-old’s health has deteriorated dramatically since he won re-election two months ago, casting doubt on the future of his “21st century socialism” project, which won him huge support among the poor but infuriated adversaries who denounce him as a fledgling dictator.

Dec 13, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez suffers complications after surgery

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding after a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba, the government said on Thursday, adding to a stream of somber news about the ailing president’s condition.

Chavez’s health has worsened dramatically since he won re-election two months ago, casting doubt on the future of his “21st century socialism” project, which won him huge support among the poor but infuriated adversaries who call him a fledgling dictator.

Dec 13, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez in delicate state after surgery

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in stable but delicate condition after his latest cancer surgery, the government said on Wednesday in a sombre assessment that could indicate an end to his 14-year rule.

“Having been through a complex and delicate surgery, he is now in an equally complex post-operation process,” Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said on national television. “We trust in his strength.”

Dec 12, 2012

Factbox: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

CARCAS (Reuters) – Stricken by cancer since mid-2011, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in delicate condition after undergoing a six-hour operation that the government says was complex and difficult.

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.

Dec 12, 2012

Chavez cancer surgery successful, Venezuela VP says

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s cancer operation in Cuba on Tuesday was successful, his vice president said, adding it was a complicated procedure that lasted more than six hours.

The third recurrence of the socialist leader’s illness has thrown his 14-year-old presidency into jeopardy and upended politics in the South American OPEC nation.

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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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