Venezuela's Leftist President Hugo Chavez has designated Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his heir shortly after he confirmed the relapse of his cancer in a speech on national television.
He said that Cuban doctors detected the return of cancer cells during the medical examination in his last visit to the communist-ruled island, adding that he would leave for Havana on Sunday for next round of surgery.
"During this thorough examination, they again detected some malignant cells in the same area as before," Chavez said without disclosing details.
The president only said that he was suffering severe pain and is on tranquilizers before going for the surgery. The doctors had first detected cancer in Chavez' pelvic area.
Notifying the need of urgency in the operation, Chavez said that the doctors recommended him to operate on Friday itself. He added that he did not wait in Cuba and returned home after a 10-day stay in the communist-state only to announce appointment of Maduro, who could continue his socialist movement in case something happens to him. His term is due to expire in 2019.
Chavez was last seen in public more than three weeks ago.
For the first time, Chavez also spoke of his successor and urged Venezuelans to vote for Maduro, who has also been serving as foreign minister. "You choose Maduro as president of the republic," Chavez told the nation. "He is a complete revolutionary, a great experience man with great dedication and capacity for work," he added.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly (NA) approved Chavez's petition to travel to Cuba for medical treatment. The parliament on Sunday sat for an extraordinary session in Caracas where a plenary of 165 congressmen unanimously approved the petition.
- U.S. Congress Could Learn from Mexico's National Accord
- Some Latin American Countries Among World's Least Corrupt
- U.S. May Pay More Attention to Latin America in Obama's Second Term
- Mexico's Pena Nieto has Luck on his Side
- Enrique Pena Nieto and Mexico's Drug War Opening
- Chavez Names VP Mudro as Heir as Cancer Relapses
- Obama Should Send Thank-You Note to Chavez
- Constraints Facing the Next Mexican President
- Obama's Latin America Policy May Change -- Slightly
- Latin America Needs More Engineers
- Latin America's Growing Media Conspiracy
- Victory May Not Boost Chavez's Regional Clout
- College Rankings Should Alarm Latin America
- New Mexican Leader's Trip Signals Continuity
- Massive Fraud in Venezuela Election? Unlikely
- Colombia Peace Talks May Impact United States - Cuba Ties
- Brazil Could Break the Mold in Anti-graft Battle
- Mexico's Geopolitical Strategy
- Latin America Gets Bad Marks in Innovation
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Battling the Cocaine Trade
Copyright © 2012 AHN - All Rights Reserved