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President Ch?vez to Undergo Operation in Havana

President Hugo Chávez said Tuesday on the state-run broadcaster Venezolana de Televisión that he will be operated in Havana, Cuba, in the coming days, “with no rush and in due time.”

During Chávez’s routine exams in the Cuban capital city last Saturday, doctors found a lesion of nearly two centimeters in diameter in the same region of his body where a tumor was extracted last June.

He explained that he will use the same medical team that he had for the first operation.

“Here [in Venezuela] we would have to have already implemented certain things. There [in Cuba] this kind of operation is safer. It will be the same doctors, the same equipment, which will be better for everyone,” Chávez said.

He indicated that on Wednesday he would continue working as planned with members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, ministers and the Bolivarian Armed Forces.

The Venezuelan leader also confirmed that no metastasis has been detected in his organs, as some had speculated on social networking sites, and reiterated that he is in good physical and spiritual conditions for the new surgery.

AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / February 21, 2012

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