Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 03:07 UTC

Brazil says Venezuela leader Chavez will attend the Mercosur summit Friday

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez will travel to Brazil for the Mercosur summit next Friday despite cancer-related medical treatment in Cuba, Brazil's ambassador revealed on Monday.

The Venezuelan president is currently in Cuba under post-cancer treatment

If confirmed, the 58-year-old Chávez's presence at the Mercosur trade bloc meeting would indicate his latest health scare is not as bad as some are speculating. Venezuelan officials have yet to confirm the announcement.

Chávez was still in Cuba on Monday and it was unknown if he would return home first if he should decide to go on to Brazil.

Having won re-election in October for a new six-year term Chávez has made scant appearances since then and has not been seen in public since Nov. 15.

Last week, he left for Cuba, saying in a letter he was to receive “hyperbaric oxygenation” - a treatment used to alleviate bone decay caused by radiation therapy. The president has undergone three cancer operations in Cuba since mid-2011.

So while officials are playing his latest treatment down as a secondary follow-up to successful removal of two cancerous tumours he has had in the pelvic area, media is awash with rumours that his condition could be much graver.

“His presence is confirmed, that's what I understand,” Brazil's ambassador in Venezuela, Jose Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, told reporters when asked if Chávez would be at the Mercosur meeting.

Chávez's unusual silence and invisibility has extended to his normally humming Twitter account where he has posted no new messages since November 1.

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1 ChrisR (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 11:43 am Report abuse
He is making his farewell tour (if he turns up) and expects an Emperor like reception.

THEN, he will croak it.
2 Idlehands (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 02:14 pm Report abuse
I would expect to see him emaciated if he were about to fall off his perch.

That's the usual sign of decline.
3 JoseAngeldeMonterrey (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 02:19 pm Report abuse
For all the millions of dollars he has already spent in his trips to Cuba, the Venezuelan government should have already built several hospitals capable of treating him and other venezuelans suffering from the same disease. Very sad for Venezuela.
4 briton (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 02:28 pm Report abuse
he cant take his millions with him,
so he is speding it now, whilst he can.
5 Shed-time (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 03:07 pm Report abuse
Will he be giving interviews from inside the hyperbaric chamber?
6 ChrisR (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 04:30 pm Report abuse
5 Shed-time

Very doubtful, they would need fire-proof transmission equiptment or risk burning him to death.

Mmm, on second thoughts I can see an opportunity here!

7 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 06:22 pm Report abuse
He's got to get Bolivia and Ecuador into Mercosur while he's still running the show.
That way the Bolivarians can vote in the majority and start to pull Brasil's money to the basket-case countries. (A bit like in the European Union, except that, in parts of South America, defaults just don't mean a thing).
8 briton (#) Dec 04th, 2012 - 07:18 pm Report abuse
poor brazil, just when she thought she was on a bus out of the getto, it breaks down.

never mind, another bus will come along soon,
just dont get mugged by Venezuela while your waiting .

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