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article imageVenezuela prepares for the death of Hugo Chavez

By Larry Clifton     Mar 5, 2013 in Politics
Caracas - Analysts say Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is close to death after suffering a serious setback during a second round of chemotherapy.
The Venezuelan strongman who nationalized much of the country’s energy resources and media houses and made an enemy of the United States with his bellicose anti-U.S. U.N. rants has endured four cancer surgeries in Cuba since the disease was detected in his pelvic area in mid-2011.
A secretive Venezuelan government is yet to disclose the type of cancer Chavez is dying from even though medical professionals have guessed that it is prostrate cancer.
Chavez, a friend and admirer of Cuba’s former communist president Fidel Castro, is back in a military hospital in Caracas where he is suffering from a new bout with a serious lung infection that has left him unable to breathe on his own or even talk. He has not been seen or heard from outside of four government-released snapshots since suffering complications after his Dec. 11 surgery in Cuba.
Tuesday, the tone was grave for Chavez’s supporters in Venezuela as political and military leaders gathered at the presidential palace, some weeping openly. The government has maintained that Chavez has been running the country from his hospital bed all along, however it is describing Chavez as having suffered a serious setback in his battle against cancer and that his condition is very “delicate.”
Political opponents are meeting to plan a political strategy in the event of Chavez passing away and have long maintained that the president was not well enough to govern.
"Chavistas,” those loyal to Chavez, have gathered in the streets of Caracas blowing whistles and horns, amid rumors that the death of their socialist leader and his 14-year rule is now close at hand.
Feeding impending-death rumors was Monday’s relatively somber government update on Chavez's health saying that the president was having increased difficulty breathing due to a second and very severe respiratory infection, and that his condition was "very delicate."
While claiming Chavez was running the government, spokesmen have also maintained that Chavez is “fighting for his life. Government sources have been sketchy about the president’s condition but more recently revealed that he is breathing through a tracheal tube, unable to speak, and undergoing a new round of chemotherapy.
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