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Chavez Heads to Cuba for ‘Rigorous’ Exams, Expects ‘Good News’

October 17, 2011

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Havana for “rigorous” medical exams to begin tomorrow and plans to return to Caracas in the middle of the week with “good news.”

Chavez said doctors will perform an “integral review” of his body to confirm the results of the first stage of cancer treatment that included four rounds of chemotherapy. Chavez has said tests showed no malignant cancer cells in his body.

“I thank God I’m on my feet and heading the government after these four months of treatment,” Chavez said last night from the Caracas airport in comments broadcast on state television.

Chavez plans to fully recover from his undisclosed cancer by year’s end to launch his campaign for a third consecutive six-year term in elections scheduled for next October. Chavez’s approval rating has risen 10 percentage points to 58.9 percent since he announced that he had cancer, according to Caracas- based polling firm Datanalisis.

--Editor: Mike Millard.

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