HAVANA, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro arrived here Saturday to visit President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering after his latest cancer surgery, the official Granma daily reported.
Upon arrival, Maduro headed directly to the hospital where Chavez is staying, the paper added.
Before travelling to the island for his fourth surgery, Chavez appointed Maduro, who is also foreign minister, as his political successor in case he could not complete his new presidential term starting in January.
Chavez has undergone four rounds of surgery since he was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in June 2011. Latest reports said he is having a "slight" recovery with a progressive trend.