CARACAS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health condition remains "unchanged" as four days ago when he had respiratory insufficiency caused by pulmonary infection, an official confirmed on Monday.
The president is "in a stationary condition", said Information Minister Ernesto Villegas in a statement.
Last Thursday, Villegas said that Chavez suffered a "severe" pulmonary infection and difficulty in breathing and was receiving rigorous treatment.
Venezuelan experts say that a patient suffering breathing difficulty caused by a severe pulmonary infection may need months to recover, and cancer patients in such a condition need "special treatment."
Chavez has traveled to Cuba many times for treatment since June 2011 after being diagnosed with cancer. He was reelected as president in October 2012, but had to go to Cuba to receive surgery in the next month due to the relapse of his cancer.
In response to speculation that Chavez may not be sworn in for his third six-year term as scheduled on Jan. 10, Diosdado Cabello, the newly re-elected president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, said Saturday that Chavez "will still be the President beyond January 10th" despite his precarious health.
He said Chavez did not need to take another oath in front of the parliament to become President as he was re-elected.
Last Friday, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Chavez could be sworn in by the Supreme Court at a later date if he is unfit to do the swearing-in on Jan. 10.
CARACAS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- As Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez recovers from a cancer surgery in Cuba, his closest aides, allies and intellectuals are rallying around the ailing head of state.
National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello said Monday some "friendly" state leaders will travel to the capital Caracas to show their support on Thursday, the day Chavez was scheduled to be sworn in as president for another six-year term. Full story
CARACAS, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The just re-elected president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, in his address after his confirmation, said Saturday that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "will still be the President beyond January 10th", despite of his precarious health.
Cabello, who was re-elected as President of the National Assembly thanks to the votes of his majority Socialist United Party of Venezuela (PSUV), said Chavez does not need to take another oath in front of the Parliament to become President, since he was re-elected. Full story
CARACAS, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that ailing President Hugo Chavez could be sworn in by the Supreme Court at a later date if he is not able to take the oath of office as scheduled on Jan. 10.
This is the latest and clearest government statement over Chavez's swearing-in for his third six-year term in response to the opposition's calls for naming a replacement for Chavez or holding a new election given Chavez's critical condition. Full story
CARACAS, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan PresidentHugo Chavezis still suffering from a "severe" lung infection that has caused breathing difficulties as he struggles to recover from a Dec. 11 cancer surgery in Cuba, officials said on Thursday.
"Commander Chavez has faced complications as a result of a severe lung infection," Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a national broadcast. Full story