Source: Associated Press
Venezuela VP: Hugo Chavez recovering after surgery
By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER, Associated Press | December 11, 2012 | Updated: December 11, 2012 9:00pm
President Hugo Chavez was recovering in Cuba on Tuesday after an operation targeting an aggressive cancer that has defied multiple treatments and has prompted the socialist leader to name a political successor.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro spoke on Venezuelan television after the surgery, saying the operation was "complex" but was completed "correctly and successfully."
Maduro made the announcement flanked by other Chavez aides and military commanders. He then led an outdoor vigil where the president's supporters joined hands in prayer and sang along with a recording of Chavez singing the national anthem.
Addressing Chavez on television, Maduro said: "We're waiting for you here."
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