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CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH

President Hugo Chávez not to attend Mercosur summit

A spokesperson for the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told AFP that Vice-President Nicolás Maduro would represent Chávez at the meeting in Brasilia

EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday December 06, 2012  07:51 AM
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will not take part in the summit of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) to be held on Friday in Brasilia, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday. This will be the first summit of the bloc with Venezuela as full member of the regional organization.

"President Chávez is not coming to the summit. Venezuela will be represent by (Foreign Affairs Minister and Executive Vice-President) Nicolás Maduro," a spokesperson for the Brazilian Foreign Ministry told AFP.
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