Ecuador’s Correa Plans Chavez Visit to Check on Leader’s Health

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa plans to visit Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, who’s battling an undisclosed form of cancer, in the “coming days” to check on the leader’s health.

Correa said Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro told him that speculation Chavez had two months to live was wrong, according to a statement published today in the Ecuadorean president’s official gazette.

U.S. journalist Dan Rather on May 30 cited an unidentified official close to Chavez as saying the Venezuelan president’s cancer had “entered the end stage.” Chavez, who has undergone three operations and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in the past year, has refused to provide details about his diagnosis.

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