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
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
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.