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Venezuelan government releases pictures of Chavez next to his daughters

Friday, February 15th 2013 - 22:56 UTC
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Venezuelans got the first glimpse in more than two months of their ailing president Friday in a series of photos the government released in a televised announcement. In the photos, Hugo Chavez is lying on a blue pillow, flanked by his two daughters, while he reads the Cuban official newspaper Granma. He is smiling, and his face looks a little swollen. Read full article


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  • golfcronie

    Can't read the date on the paper, could be years earlier, who knows

    Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Reminds me of Brezchnev

    Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    Looks like a cross between a kidnapping photo (where the paper is deliberately placed to prove the date), and a health insurance advert. Maybe the Iranians helped with the Photoshop. If I was Venezuelan I would definitely be reassured.

    Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @1 he can't read the date either... his eyes are closed.....

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 12:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Great Venezuela. You are welcome Chavez! But you are human! I do too! Great life, many objections. Included me!

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 12:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    Chávez has never been a slim person and more recently his face had become really “chubby”, perhaps as a result of vigorous treatment for his cancer.

    However, since 8/12/2012 he has not made an appearance in public until the publication of these photos in which his face appears almost exactly the same as before the date mentioned - in spite of being close to death and possibly not taking much food for weeks.

    Is it really him?

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 08:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britishbulldog

    Thought the bastard was dead!!!!!! Never mind soon will be.

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 08:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Obviously never heard of moving pictures. If he is making such good progress, why don't they televise a 30 second slot, have a much bigger impact than a photograph. Sorry, not buying it.

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 08:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • travellingscotsman

    @ 5 vc percebe que seu ingles e terrivel e que nenhuma pessoa aqui sabe ou que vc diz? Nao sei se vc esta com acordo de Chavez ou nao!!!!

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 09:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (9) travellingscotsman

    I, for one, have no problems understanding the meaning of what poster (5) Mr. Brasileiro writes....

    Maybe if you just tried a little harder, traveller............

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 09:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    'Minister and son in law Arreaza said the president still has difficulties in speaking'
    Nothing like a little bit of nepotisim...
    Bedridden, can't speak, but can still run a country... oh OK...

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 10:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @10 'I don't Think' aka The Turnip In Chief aka The Chief Liar on MP

    As you are as stupid as Brassiere then I don't doubt you 'understand' what he is 'saying' which is more than Brassiere does.

    Not a comment about your mate Dead Man Not Walking though: worried he might be stuffed, he has his eyes shut?

    Go back to winding your old French/Ruskie watch up, you can donate it to Chubby to put in his coffin: that will be one piece of crap out of your way. Try and get in with him, that will be a BIG piece of crap out of our way.

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 10:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    A few seconds of video of him smiling, nodding and holding his daughters hands would better silence any critics regarding him.

    Photographs can be too easily manipulated, and photoshopped. A really good forger could make you believe that Chavez was anywhere doing anything.

    This means nothing, at all.

    Hey Venezula, some video proof next time, huh?

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 10:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ozgood

    Do any of the readers remember the film Forest Gump. In it Gump is shown asking the late President Kennedy where the bathroom is. A smiling Kennedy says “He wants to pee” or something similar. Now this was made years after Kennedy's death.

    Why can't the Chavistas do the same? They must think that the general population is retarded. The model or Chavez look a like does not convince me

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 11:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    Dead Man “not” Walking.....We have a dead man here!!!

    please keep him alive for just enough time for him to witness the blossoming democracy In The Falklands,
    bad for his family, but good for everyone else.....

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 07:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    That's a great picture of Hugo having a really good laugh; he's clearly reading an article about Timmerman's shenanigans in London.

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 07:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    @ 13
    Good God, This is Venezuela we are talking about, not Hollywood

    Feb 16th, 2013 - 08:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sussie.US

    Viva Venezuela

    Feb 17th, 2013 - 02:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Thanks brother.

    CryingR, please go to your castle, milorde. Dont cry for me!

    Feb 17th, 2013 - 04:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    So Hugo is having complex alternative cancer treatment.

    Meanwhile not a drip, not a tube, not a piece of medical equipment in sight as he sits up in bed in his bolivarian jacket.

    Wot a load of rollocks.

    Feb 17th, 2013 - 11:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    We can't see his legs either.

    Serious pelvic cancer with complications could mean he has lost a leg or two.

    That'll depress him alright.

    Feb 18th, 2013 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    18/2/2013 1310 GMT

    There are press reports in Central America that Chávez has returned to Venezuela. He has announced his arrival of Facebook! No pictures yet!

    Feb 18th, 2013 - 01:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ozgood

    Miracles never cease - he has arisen from the moribund. Henceforth he shall be called Lazarus. Halleluja!

    Feb 18th, 2013 - 03:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    23 Ozgood

    The picures I have seen you still cannot see his legs.

    I don't know about come home for treatment: to die more likely.

    Still, not much longer with a bit of luck.

    Feb 18th, 2013 - 03:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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