Of­fi­cial op­ti­mistic about Chavez

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - Com­piled from wire re­ports

Venezue­lan Vice Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro is strik­ing an op­ti­mistic tone for the sec­ond day in a row on Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez’s re­cov­ery from can­cer surgery in Cuba. Maduro says Chavez is “con­sol­i­dat­ing a re­cov­ery process, which fills us with joy.” He spoke Sun­day evening while vis­it­ing a pe­di­atric hospi­tal in Venezuela. A day ear­lier, Maduro said he had re­ceived an up­date from a rul­ing party mem­ber who vis­ited Chavez in Cuba and that the Venezue­lan leader’s “con­di­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly sta­ble.” Chavez un­der­went surgery Dec. 11, about two months af­ter be­ing elected to an­other six-year pres­i­den­tial term. It was his fourth can­cer-re­lated op­er­a­tion since June 2011.

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