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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 03:34 AM

Fidel Castro visiting Hugo Chavez after surgery

Fidel Castro visiting Hugo Chavez after surgery
Associated Press

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez is in full control of his mental faculties and has been talking with his children and getting daily visits from Fidel Castro while recovering slowly from cancer surgery in Cuba, his son-in-law said Saturday.

Chavez has been recovering favorably despite some "moments of tension" after Tuesday's surgery and is now in a "process of stabilization," Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Venezuelan television in a phone call from Havana.

Arreaza's phone call became the centerpiece of the televised ceremony, and he said Castro has come to see Chavez every day since the surgery.

"He always stops by to personally find out about El Comandante's health condition and also to share his knowledge with all of us, and to give the family courage and encouragement," said Arreaza, who is the husband of Chavez's eldest daughter, Rosa.


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