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Chavez’s Venezuela Allies Not Seeking Successor, VP Jaua Says

March 04, 2012

Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua says no one among President Hugo Chavez’s allies aspires to succeed him and no divisions exist between military and civilian factions that support the president.

“None of us aspires to succeed Chavez,” Jaua said in an interview on the Televen network. “Our only commitment is to accompany him.”

Chavez is recovering in Cuba from an operation to remove a lesion from the same pelvic area from which doctors removed a cancerous tumor last year. Chavez, who is seeking re-election in October after 13 years in power, has declined to say exactly what kind of cancer he has or allow access to his medical records.

Chavez isn’t seeking to use his health to delay this year’s presidential vote, Jaua said.

“With or without cancer, we are going to win the presidential election,” Jaua said.

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