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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:30 PM

Chavez cancer surgery has complications, government says


President Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding during his cancer surgery in Cuba but was recovering from the complications, Venezuela's government said Thursday.

Chavez suffered "bleeding that required the use of corrective measures" during Tuesday's surgery, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said, reading a government statement. It said those measures allowed for the "opportune control" of the bleeding.

Villegas also said that Chavez was going through "a progressive and favorable recovery of the normal values of his vital signs."

"This recovery process, nevertheless, will require a prudent period of time as a consequence of the complexity of the surgery performed," he said.

Villegas expressed hope a day earlier about the president returning home for his Jan. 10 swearing-in for a new six-year term, but said in a written message on a government website that if Chavez isn't well enough by then "our people should be prepared to understand it."

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