More Surgery for Chavez

Via the BBC:  Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez faces new operation

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said that he will have to have further surgery after doctors found a lesion during medical tests in Cuba.

The 57-year-old had two operations in Havana last year to remove a cancerous tumour from his pelvis, and had said he was completely recovered.

He said the lesion was in the same area and was probably malignant.

Clearly Chavez’s health is a greater threat to his continued rule in Venezuela over the long term than is the opposition.

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Comments

  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Clearly Chavez’s health is a greater threat to his continued rule in Venezuela over the long term than is the opposition.

    Any clues as to what will happen should he die?

  2. Brett says:

    Is it wrong that I’m hoping he’ll die from it? The man has built up a huge cult of personality and government apparatus all around keeping himself in power, and him biting it would force Venezuela to re-examine all of that.