Chavez names his successor ahead of cancer surgery

Venezuelian President: HUGO CHAVEZ

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who will have to undergo more cancer surgery, has named his successor.

In a live TV broadcast on Saturday night, he urged voters to support Vice President Nicolas if a new election had to be held.

On Sunday, Chavez is returning to Havana for a new surgical intervention after being diagnosed with yet another cancer tumor.

Chavez, 58, has undergone three operations for cancer and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment over the past year.

Venezuela’s Chavez to have another cancer operation

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he will undergo another cancer operation in the coming days after doctors found malignant cells during tests in Cuba.

“It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days,” Chavez said in a televised broadcast, adding that he would return to Havana on Sunday.

The socialist leader had flown back to Venezuela on Friday after the tests in Cuba.

Source: Voice of Russia

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