Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez back in Cuba to continue cancer treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez back in Cuba to continue cancer treatment

Havana : Cuba | Jul 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM PDT
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Hugo Chaves Returns To Cuba For Cancer Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is back to Cuba to continue his cancer treatment that would start on Sunday.

According to Mr. Chavez's doctors, his body is free of any sort of malignant cell after his last surgery in which his tumor was removed. He has indicated that he will be staying in Cuba but not for long this time. Since his chemotherapy will start on Sunday, Mr. Chavez said he will be in Cuba for "few days."

Before coming to Cuba, Mr. Chavez delegated some of his presidential powers to his ministers amid fierce criticism of the opposition that was asking of handling of all powers during his absence.

On his arrival at Cuba, Mr. Chavez was greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana as shown by state television.

"Tomorrow I begin chemotherapy treatment, and we're going to give it everything we've got," Mr. Chavez said while boarding his plane to Cuba. He also added, "It's not time to die, it's time to live."

He did not mention the exact time frame of his stay neither did he elaborate if there would be more trips to Cuba in future.

On Saturday, Mr. Chavez was granted permission by the National Assembly to visit Cuba for resuming cancer treatment.

In response to the rhetoric of opposition vis-a-vis delegating of powers to the vice president before leaving, Mr. Chavez dismissed such calls saying that on his return, he would "come back much better than I am right now."

However, hours later when speaking during a cabinet meeting he announced for the first time since he came into powers 12 years ago that he will delegate some of his powers.

Vice President Elias Jaua will oversee a number of budget-related duties as well as expropriation of businesses while some additional duties will be temporarily performed by Finance Minister Jorge Giordan.

After returning from Cuba and undergoing s surgery in which tumor was removed from pelvic region, Mr. Chavez had decreased workload on the advice of his doctor.

Many of the people in Cuba were surprised by their 56-year-old president's decision of opting to go to Cuba for treatment. However, keeping in view the strong bond he has with Fidel Castro, former Cuban leader, his decision seems apt.

Also Fidel Castro was the first person who noticed that Hugo Chavez was not looking well and needed to consult his doctor for any undiagnosed ailment.

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