Tuesday January 8, 2013
Chavez's condition unchanged: Venezuelan minister
CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's medical condition has not changed since the government reported four days ago that he was suffering from complications from surgery, the government said Monday.
"The president is in a stationary situation in relation to that described in the most recent report informing about the respiratory insufficiency that comandante Chavez faces as a consequence of a pulmonary infection," said Information Minister Ernesto Villegas in a televised statement.
Villegas said the cancer-stricken president was being rigorously treated "and the president is assimilated."
The information last reported on the president's condition was on January 3, when it was disclosed that Chavez had developed a "severe pulmonary infection" after undergoing his fourth round of surgery for cancer.
Chavez, who is hospitalized in Havana, has not been seen in public for nearly a month, his longest absence during 14 years in power.
He is supposed to be sworn in on Thursday for another six year term, but his difficult recovery is expected to prevent that from happening.-AFP