Hugo Chavez fighting `severe lung infection`

Venezuela`s President Hugo Chavez is being treated for a respiratory deficiency after complications from a severe lung infection.

Zeenews Bureau

Caracas: Venezuela`s President Hugo Chavez is being treated for a respiratory deficiency after complications from a severe lung infection, said the government on Thursday night.

Providing the update on the ailing President`s condition, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas read from a statement saying that Chavez`s lung infection had led to "respiratory deficiency".

The condition required strict compliance with his medical treatment, Villegas added.

The government expressed confidence in the medical team treating Chavez in Cuba.

Chavez is due to be sworn in for a new term in less than a week and his closest allies still aren`t saying what they plan to do if the ailing leader is unable to return from a Cuban hospital to take the oath of office.

Chavez hasn`t been seen or heard from since his December 11 cancer surgery, and speculation has grown that his illness could be reaching its final stages.

(With Agency inputs)

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