CARACAS, Tuesday December 11, 2012 | Update

President Hugo Chávez is recovering after six-hour cancer operation

Executive Vice President Nicolás Maduro said in a mandatory nationwide radio and television address that President Hugo Chávez's cancer operation was completed "properly and successfully," adding that it was "a complex operation," but the president is recovering in his hospital room

Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro made the announcement in a mandatory nationwide radio and television address (Photo: TV screen capture)
Tuesday December 11, 2012  10:09 PM
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has left the operation room following a six-hour cancer operation on Tuesday in Havana, Cuba, announced Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro.

"The operation has been completed. Commander Chávez is in his room and has started a special treatment," said Maduro in a mandatory nationwide radio and television address. He added that Chávez's recovery would "take several days."

Maduro voiced gratitude for people's solidarity with Chávez, in and out of Venezuela.

"We want to thank people for all their expressions of love," he said. He asked Venezuelans to pray for President Chávez's recovery.
Begging for cocoa

"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.

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