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Chavez Is Making ‘Satisfactory’ Progress in Surgery Recovery

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is making “satisfactory” progress in recovery 72 hours after cancer surgery in Cuba and has spoken with his family, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said.

“His general recovery and that of his vital signs has been slow but progressive,” Villegas said today in a national address broadcast on television and radio. “President Chavez has communicated with his immediate family and through Minister Jorge Arreaza has sent greetings to the Venezuelan people.”

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro, speaking yesterday on state television, said Chavez’s condition had improved to “favorable” from “stable” after he suffered complications from bleeding during the six-hour operation. He said the president will require a “delicate and prolonged process of post-operation recovery.”

Chavez underwent his fourth surgery in 18 months for an undisclosed form of cancer, after telling Venezuelans they should vote for Maduro in case he’s forced to step down after 14 years in power.

To contact the reporters on this story: Corina Pons in Caracas at crpons@bloomberg.net; Jose Orozco in Caracas at jorozco8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net

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