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ELECTION 2012

President Chávez reckons he beat cancer and is healthy

"If I did not feel that I have the strength" to lead the country for another six-year term "I would not be here. We are even going to work faster," said the Venezuelan president

EL UNIVERSAL
Monday October 01, 2012  12:58 PM
One year later after Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was diagnosed with cancer, he said he has healed and feels strong enough to rule the country at least until 2019, if he wins October 7 presidential election.

Chávez's remarks were uttered during an interview with AFP in an election rally held on Saturday.

"I believe I did. I feel very good," said Chávez when asked if he had beaten cancer.

"If I did not feel that I have the strength" to lead the country for another six-year term "I would not be here. We are even going to work faster," said the Venezuelan president, aged 58.

He voiced optimism about defeating opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski and hoped for a wide margin victory. "What really matters here is to obtain the widest margin victory so as to consolidate the revolution," he outlined.

The leader also admitted having "made several mistakes when implementing some plans that did not work as expected, particularly those related to public services."

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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