Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is reportedly in a critical condition after surgery in Cuba. Rumours are circulating about the leader’s health after an operation on his hip on June 10 in Havana.
In a bid to dampen the speculation, photos have been released which show Chavez with Fidel Castrol and Cuban President Raul Castro at the hospital on June 17.
The government’s message at Saturday’s press conference was – he is fighting on and needs the country’s support. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said:
“The battle the President is waging for his health is a battle for all of us. We have been in communication with him the whole time. He’s staying informed on all Venezuelan matters and is still in command. What we have to do is remain as one and support the President.”
Chavez used social networking site Twitter on Friday, posting a series of tweets praising the armed forces on a public holiday that celebrates a key military victory.
However, there are still fears about his health as he has not made any public addresses since June 12, which is unusual for people used to seeing or hearing Chavez almost daily.