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
"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.
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.