Chavez Seen in Post-Op Photos

Shots show him alongside daughters, holding newspaper

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2013 11:45 AM CST

(Newser) – Hugo Chavez is definitely alive. Venezuelan officials today released the first images the world has seen of Chavez since his December surgery in Havana, the BBC reports. The photos show Chavez prone but smiling alongside his daughters. In some photos he is reading yesterday's issue of the Cuban Communist Party's official newspaper Granma, perhaps in an only-kind-of-subtle attempt to prove that the images were indeed taken recently.

Chavez's condition has been a topic of rampant speculation in Venezuela, despite rosy reports like this one. The country's information minister says it is currently difficult for Chavez to speak, because he is breathing through a tracheal tube.

Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.
Hugo Chavez poses with his daughters as he holds a copy of Cuba's state newspaper Granma, somewhere in Havana, Cuba, in this photo released today by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office.   (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
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