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Venezuelan president recovering in Cuba says he is in “full capacities”

Tuesday, June 14th 2011 - 02:46 UTC
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Hugo Chavez the perfect image of the ‘caudillo’, but with feeble knees  Hugo Chavez the perfect image of the ‘caudillo’, but with feeble knees

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.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.
Tags: chavez, Cuba, Venezuela.

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  • Redhoyt

    ” .... I am in full control of my faculties ....”

    Wow that's a first! Abscess out, faculties in ..... the wonders of modern medical science eh !

    Jun 14th, 2011 - 03:30 am 0
  • jerry

    It sounds EXACTLY like the same problem that I had last December. I had no surgery and the problem took care of itself, with no doctor needed. Either he has more serious problems than stated or someone is making a mountain out of a mole hill. I hope that he has more serious problems; it could not happen to a nicer person!!

    Jun 14th, 2011 - 05:37 am 0
  • GeoffWard

    An abscess in the base of his pelvis could certainly affect his faculties.
    Dinosaurs had a 'brain' so located.
    Let's hope the Chavenzian Era lasts a little less long than the age of the other dinosaurs.

    Jun 14th, 2011 - 10:17 am 0
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