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. Continue reading

Syrian Masses Thank Russia & China, Voice Support to Assad

A flood of people turned out in central Damascus on Wednesday in a show of support for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and gratefulness for the Russian and Chinese position in the UN.

The ten thousands of masses were responding to a call on the Facebook page “My homeland, Syria” of Assad supporters urging them to rally to “reinforce unity and solidarity with the families of martyrs and thank Russia and China for their stand against the conspiracy” targeting Syria.

The demonstration was also aimed at denouncing the “Syrian National Council (SNC)”, an umbrella body formally set up on October 2, pulling together most of the groups opposing the Syrian leader. Continue reading

Statement by Mahmoud Ahmedinejad at the 66th UN General Assembly

Transcript below: 

Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful to the Almighty Allah who granted me, once more, the opportunity to appear before this world assembly. I have the pleasure to express my sincere thanks to H.E. Joseph Deiss, president of the sixty-fifth session for his tremendous efforts during his tenure. I also would like to congratulate H.E Nassir Abdulaziz AI-Nasser on his election as the president of sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly and wish him all success. Continue reading