Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday he had his full faculties after an operation in Cuba and was still managing government affairs despite being ordered to rest for several days more.
Chavez, 56, had a pelvic abscess successfully removed on Friday during a scheduled visit to Cuba, forcing him to postpone his return to Venezuela.
I am in full control of my faculties, Chavez told TV network Telesur, saying he was in constant touch with his ministers and giving orders for state affairs.
The operation, following a knee injury and string of colds that kept Chavez out of the public limelight for weeks, has put a spotlight on the health of a man who prides himself on loving sport and projecting a physically robust image.
Supporters have been praying for his recovery, while critics have been insinuating he may have something worse. The operation was a success, Chavez said. There is no malignant sign and no infection.
Ally and mentor Fidel Castro, the former Cuban president, as well as president and Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, had been at his bedside, bringing films and books to help him while away the time. He attends to every detail, Chavez said regarding Fidel Castro’s attention.