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
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.