Venezuela’s Chavez suffers cancer recurrence, names successor
Johannesburg: Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has named his successor for the first time as it emerged that the leader was due to return to Cuba for more surgery after a recurrence of cancer.
Chavez said Vice President Nicolas Maduro, 50, should replace him for the remainder of his term if there are ‘circumstances that prevent me from exercising the presidency further.
According to News24, Chavez announced in a television broadcast late on Saturday that he would fly to Cuba for the surgery, from where he had just returned after having treatment on Friday.
“It is absolutely necessary that I undergo another operation because new malignant cells have been found. I have to return to Havana,” he said.
"With God`s favour, we will move forward and win,” he added.
Chavez had declared himself completely cured earlier this year, yet rumours of his health persisted.
On 27 November, he travelled once again to Cuba, where he received oxygen treatment for 11 days.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address; Congress seeks PM Modi's reply
- No liberal approach, mediation or compromise in rape cases: Supreme Court
- Lalitgate: Centre denies deal with Congress over Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje
- Parliamentary panel recommends 100% salary hike for MPs, health benefits for grandchildren
- Lalitgate: BJP helping fugitives, law breakers; PM Modi doing 'Maun Yoga', alleges Congress