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Hugo Chavez back in Cuba

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez is back in Cuba seeking treatment for the aggressive cancer that is spreading all over his body. Of course, he was greeted by fellow dictator Raul Castro and standing by his bedside for immoral support is another fellow dictator, Ecuador's Rafael Correa.

Via the New York Times:

Chávez in Cuba for Cancer Surgery

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/12/11/world/CHAVEZ/CHAVEZ-popup.jpgCARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela arrived in Cuba early Monday to have surgery for what appears to be an aggressive form of cancer, leaving behind a nation hanging on the outcome of his treatment.

He was greeted by President Raúl Castro of Cuba at the airport in Havana, news agencies reported, while President Rafael Correa of Ecuador flew there as well, saying that he had gone to support Mr. Chávez and hug such “an extraordinary human being,” according to the Venezuelan information ministry.

Back home, Mr. Chávez’s supporters prayed for his recovery as opponents tried to adjust to what could be a vastly changed political landscape two months after an electoral defeat left them demoralized and scrambling to keep from losing more ground.

On Saturday Mr. Chávez, 58, a fiery leftist who has used Venezuela’s oil riches to steer the country toward his very personalized vision of socialist revolution, announced that an examination in Cuba had found malignant cancer cells that required immediate surgery. He also said that he was often in acute pain.

For the first time Mr. Chávez named a political successor, asking his followers to throw their support behind Vice President Nicolás Maduro, and spoke about the possibility that he might not be able to continue as the nation’s leader if his health deteriorated.

Dr. Julio Pow-Sang, chairman of urology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., said the most likely possibility was that Mr. Chávez was having a recurrence of cancer, in which case “the outlook would be very poor.”

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