Chavez chemotherapy under way in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez faced a second grueling day of chemotherapy treatment for cancer in Cuba, but sounded upbeat in a post on the microblogging site Twitter.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011, 11:21 AM IST

Havana: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
faced a second grueling day of chemotherapy treatment for cancer in Cuba, but sounded upbeat in a post on the microblogging site Twitter.

"Good morning Happy World! Good morning Beautiful
Venezuela!! From here, ready for another day of the battle for
life. We will live and win! Love you all!!" tweeted Chavez, a
frequent user of Twitter.

The leftist leader`s blog showed two photos of him
wearing the football jersey of the Venezuelan team, which
defeated Chile 2-1 on Sunday to reach the semifinals of the
Copa America in Argentina.

Chavez watched the game on television with Cuba`s
revolutionary icon and former leader Fidel Castro, a key ally
and mentor who visited him in the medical center where he is
being treated.

The polarizing 56-year-old Venezuelan leader, who
underwent surgery in Cuba last month and later disclosed it
was to remove some kind of cancerous growth, transferred
limited powers in a bid to quell criticism from opponents back
home.

"It is not time for dying; it`s time to live," Chavez
said in Caracas before departing on Saturday.

PTI