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Chavez Says He’s Recovering Swiftly After Cancer Surgery

March 02, 2012

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said he’s recovering swiftly following an operation in Cuba to remove a lesion from the same area where doctors extracted a cancerous tumor in June.

Chavez, speaking publicly for a second consecutive day, said he’s beginning to walk more and holding meetings with his son-in-law, science minister Jorge Arreaza.

“Thanks to so much support, here I am taking flight once again,” Chavez said in a telephone call from Havana broadcast on Venezuelan state television. “I’ll be with you all of the days, months and years that I have left in my life.”

In the first images since this week’s operation, sent by Venezuela’s Information Minister Andres Izarra from his Twitter account, Chavez sits in an office chair opposite former Cuban President Fidel Castro in two photographs and is shown walking in a hospital hallway in a third.

Wearing a blue and white track suit, Chavez is seen listening to Castro speak, with portraits of Cuban and Venezuelan heroes Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar and a Venezuelan flag on the wall.

In the second photo of the hospital hallway, Chavez walks alone.

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