CARACAS, Saturday December 15, 2012 | Update

Correa: Chávez's health problem is serious

"Undoubtedly, the problem is serious; the operation was really serious; we have been told that it was successful"

Saturday December 15, 2012  02:12 PM

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa reported on Saturday that the health problem faced by his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez is serious indeed. Chávez underwent on Saturday a fourth surgery against his cancer.

The Ecuadorian Head of State said during his weekly report that he could see Chávez "in good mood," during his visit on Monday in Havana, Cuba. "However, undoubtedly, the problem is serious; the operation was very serious; we have been told that it was successful," AFP quoted.

"Congratulations! Get well soon!" Correa exclaimed.

The Ecuadorian leader sent his "warm regards to President Chávez and all the Venezuelan people," adding that "the whole great homeland is with Venezuela and its president in these tough times."

President Chávez underwent the fourth surgery on Tuesday in Havana. In 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer. Now, according to Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, he is experiencing a "favorable" recovery.
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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