Hugo Chavez: Cancer Is Back
Venezuelan president will again seek treatment in Cuba
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2012 8:03 AM CST
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix during a speech last night in which he said that his cancer had returned and that he would again seek treatment in Cuba.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office, Marcelo Garcia)

(Newser) – Hugo Chavez's long battle with cancer has resumed, and the Venezuelan president will again seek treatment in Cuba, reports CNN. Speaking in a televised address to his nation last night, Chavez said "It's absolutely necessary, absolutely vital that I undergo a new operation." But in acknowledging the "risk" inherent in the new surgery, Chavez took the unprecedented step of tapping a successor: "If something were to happen that would incapacitate me, (vice president) Nicolas Maduro should not only finish my term as the constitution requires ... You should also elect Nicolas Maduro to be president." Chavez repeatedly kissed a crucifix during the televised address, and CNN notes that at one point he broke into song.

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Dec 10, 2012 2:21 PM CST
Finally, some good news.
Dec 10, 2012 9:48 AM CST
it is a shame that all communists do not develop the rare childhood form of cancer and croak when they are about 10
Dec 9, 2012 4:12 PM CST
Guess after voting twice in Chicago he finally gave in