Official: Chavez making 'slow' recovery

Feb. 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said President Hugo Chavez continues to make a slow but steady recovery from his most recent cancer surgery.

Maduro said Chavez is improving while he recuperates in Havana while Venezuelans remain united in their hope for his recovery, El Universal reported Saturday.

"None of us is Chavez, but we all together are Chavez, if we are united," Maduro said Friday, adding citizens are "ready to face difficulties, whatever it is," to aid in the president's recovery.

Chavez, 58, who has been Venezuela's president since February 1999, won re-election in October but went to Cuba in early December for his fourth cancer surgery and was unable to attend his swearing-in ceremony in Caracas in January.

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