President Chávez leaves for Cuba on Friday afternoon
Venezuela s President said during a cabinet meeting broadcast by all Venezuelan and TV stations that he is expected to undergo surgery on Monday or Tuesday after doctors found a new lesion on the same spot where he had cancer surgery last June
President Hugo Chávez held a cabinet meeting at Miraflores Palace, the official seat of the Executive branch of government in Venezuela. The Venezuelan Head of State announced that he would leave for Cuba on Friday afternoon "to fight a new battle."
The president showed childhood photos of the Castro brothers, Fidel Castro, former Cuban president and Raúl Castro, the current Cuban president. "I will leave tomorrow to fight another upcoming battle. As in the past, as the guerrilla fighter we are, we will win this new battle!" he said by addressing to Fidel.
Chávez is expected to undergo surgery on Monday or Tuesday.
Chávez thanked the Venezuelans who have posted messages of support on the telephone and his Twitter account @chavezcandanga. "Thanks to all of those who have sent messages; to those who have talked on radio stations; to Evo Morales, the Bolivian President; his words strengthen my spirit; to Ollanta Humala, the Peruvian President; to Rafael Correa, the Ecuadorian President."
"Thanks to (Colombian) President (Juan Manuel) Santos, who called me Wednesday night; to the Mexican government ... Thank you so much, my friends of the world," he concluded.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."