Chavez: Anywhere but Venezuela… or Brazil
The second coming of the "Monkey of the Andes," simian prince Hugo Chavez, has once again changed his mind. It seems the only place he feels safe is in the bosom of his master Fidel:
Chavez Chooses Cuba for Chemotherapy
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he’ll fly to Cuba today for a second stage of treatment involving chemotherapy as he fights cancer in what he has called the “battle of my life.”
“I need to continue completing the strict plan designed by the medical team that is accompanying me on this ascent of the mountain,” Chavez said yesterday in comments carried on state television. “I’m asking for legislative authority to absent myself from the country from Saturday, July 16, in order to continue the treatment plan in Havana needed for me to recover my full health.”
The president’s announcement quashes reports that he would go to Brazil for treatment after an offer by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who herself was treated for a lymphoma in 2009 at a hospital in Sao Paulo.
Cuba was chosen over Brazil because it will be easier for Chavez to keep his exact prognosis a secret, said Jose Vicente Carrasquero, a political analyst at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas.
“In Brazil, it would be very difficult to keep people in the dark about what’s going on because public opinion would demand answers and the Brazilian media would investigate,” Carrasquero said in a phone interview. “In Cuba, the president’s health will be handled like a state secret.”