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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:07 PM

Hugo Chavez not in coma: brother

Source: Reuters

Hugo Chavez not in coma: brother

By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore
CARACAS | Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:46pm EST

(Reuters) - Venezuela's cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is recovering in Cuba and is not in a coma as some have rumored a month after surgery, his brother, Adan Chavez, said after a visit to Havana.

The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen or heard from since his December 11 cancer surgery - his fourth such operation after the disease was detected in his pelvic area in mid-2011 - leaving Venezuela in a state of national suspense.

But older brother Adan Chavez, who is governor of the family's home state of Barinas, said the president was improving daily, according to a press release on Saturday from his office.

"The head of state continues to assimilate treatment well and his recovery is advancing daily," read the statement.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-venezuela-chavez-idUSBRE90B0GH20130112

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