Hugo Chavez Suffers Surgery Complications
But he's reportedly improved after bleeding
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2012 5:03 PM CST
A person holds an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

(Newser) – Venezuela doesn't seem to be trying to sugar-coat reports about Hugo Chavez's recovery from cancer surgery: The nation's information minister said today that Chavez suffered bleeding during the operation that required "corrective measures" to fix. However, Chavez has been making "favorable" progress since then, he added. The general tone of progress reports has been "unusually frank," says AP, and Reuters reads between the lines:

  • "The ashen faces of cabinet ministers and somber tone of their terse official statements since Tuesday's surgery appear to suggest top government officials are preparing for the worst. "