SANTIAGO, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has overcome a respiratory infection and is under further treatment, a government minister said on Saturday.
"The respiratory infection has been overcome, though there is still some degree of breathing difficulty that is being treated appropriately," Information Minister Ernesto Villegas told reporters in Chile, where Latin American and European leaders are gathering for a two-day summit.
Chavez was said to be in his "best moment" since his operation last December, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday.
"Vice President (Nicolas) Maduro has estimated that Chavez could come back in weeks, but we do not want to put a time frame on the president's recovery," Villegas added.
"Forty-five days after carrying out a complex surgical intervention for the removal of a malignant lesion in the pelvis, with severe, acute complications, the patient's general evolution is favorable," Villegas said, reading a statement on the health of Chavez.
Chavez, who was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011, has been hospitalized since his fourth operation on Dec. 11, 2012. After the surgery, he suffered respiratory failure caused by a lung infection.