Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is reportedly making slow but progressive recovery after his recent cancer surgery that took place earlier this week, Communication minister Ernesto Villegas said.
Villegas termed the recovery of Chavez as ‘satisfactory’, as per BBC report. Villegas expressed hope earlier about the president returning home for his January 10 swearing-in for a new six-year term, but said in a written message on a government website that if Chavez doesn't make it, "our people should be prepared to understand it”.
Chavez underwent his fourth cancer-related operation in Havana after announcing that tests had found the illness had come back despite previous operations, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Chavez has kept secret some details about the pelvic cancer, including the type and location of the tumours that have been removed.
First Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 14:52