Venezuela's VP says Chavez faces 'complex, difficult' cancer recovery
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is facing a 'complex and difficult' recovery from cancer, the country's Vice-President Nicolas Maduro has said.
Maduro, Cavez's preferred successor, said the president's latest surgery in Cuba had been 'complex, difficult, delicate'.
He urged Venezuelans to pray for the 58-year-old president, and to face the "hard days" ahead calmly, the BBC reports.
"It was a complex, difficult, delicate operation, which meant that the post-operative process is also going to be a complex and hard process," the report quoted Maduro, as saying.
Maduro was speaking alongside National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, who had both joined Chavez on his trip to Cuba.
According to the report, the president's children and grandchildren were also with him in Havana.