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Venezuelan leader returning to Cuba for treatment

Last Updated: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 08:47

Caracas: President Hugo Chavez says he`s returning to Cuba for another round of cancer treatment.

Chavez said on Saturday during a televised speech to his supporters that he was travelling to Havana in the afternoon for a second round of radiation after recent surgery to extract a second cancerous tumour in his pelvic area. Chavez had another tumour removed from the same general area in June.

The 57-year-old leftist President, in office since 1999, has vowed to overcome cancer to win another six-year term in the October 07 election.

Chavez has not identified the type of cancer, nor the precise location where the tumours were located.

He is a close friend of Cuba`s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his brother President Raul Castro.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 08:47

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