June 27, 2011
The Venezuelan government rejected reports Sunday that President Hugo Chavez is in critical condition following emergency surgery in Cuba, insisting the firebrand leftist leader was “recovering well.”
Chavez’s government said he had an operation for a pelvic abscess on June 10 and continues to mend.
“He is recovering,” Information Minister Andres Izarra told AFP in the wake of a report by Miami’s El Nuevo Herald citing unnamed US intelligence sources as saying the 56-year-old “is in critical condition — not on the brink of death, but critical indeed.”
The newspaper also said the sources refused to comment on rumors in Venezuela that Chavez could be receiving treatment for prostate cancer.