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Chavez spoke with family, recovery satisfactory: minister

world Updated: Dec 15, 2012 08:29 IST
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President Hugo Chavez has spoken with relatives after his latest cancer surgery, and his recovery is considered satisfactory, information minister Ernesto Villegas said on Friday.

Villegas said that although Chavez, who underwent lengthy surgery Tuesday in Cuba, faces a complex recovery process, he is "meeting the post-operative protocol in satisfactory fashion."

Chavez, 58 and re-elected to a third term in October, spoke with his immediate family and through the minister sent greetings to all the Venezuelan people.

Villegas was giving the first medical report of the day on the fourth round of cancer surgery that Chavez has undergone in a year and a half.

Chavez is recovering slowly but gradually, according to the information minister.

The Venezuelan leader is scheduled to be inaugurated January 10. The country is waiting nervously to see whether the until now tireless and endlessly outspoken populist will remain their president or become incapacitated, or worse.

Chavez has named foreign minister and vice president Nicolas Maduro as his temporary replacement, political heir and handpicked successor to run in a future election is Chavez cannot continue as president.