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VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY ADMITS THAT HUGO CHAVEZ IS IN BAD SHAPE
January 1 2013
Havana, Cuba – Before Hugo Chavez came around, few people could have pointed out Venezuela on a map. It was just one of those countries in South America, somewhere down there in that part of the world. Hugo Chavez, for good or ill, changed all that.
He has been, since stepping on the international stage, one of the most flamboyant and controversial leaders. He hasn’t done anything, not really, to the global community aside from be an irritant. Unlike other notorious world leaders the only real trouble Chavez has caused has been for his own people, and even that has been minimal and likely offset by the prominence he has given the nation.
Chavez has continued to do that even now, even tucked away in a hospital bed in Havana, because he has simply become the kind of person that has become a spectacle, for good or ill, that anything he does, or anything his body does to him, gets attention. Now it appears that the attention he is getting many be well earned after Venezuelan officials finally admitted that his health is not good, not good at all, even though they insist he will get better for some reason.
“Nineteen days after his complex surgery, President Chavez's state of health continues to be delicate, with complications that are being attended to, in a process not without risks. Thanks to his physical and spiritual strength, Commander Chavez is facing this difficult situation,” said Vice President Nicolas Maduro. “At the same time, we have decided to announce that we will stay in Havana for the next few hours, accompanying the Commander and his family, very attentive to how the current situation is evolving.”
Maduro ended on a positive note because that’s just how they do with regards to Chavez.
Chavez is recovering from the latest of many surgeries to stop cancer from killing him.
“This is certainly not a good sign, that the government has officially acknowledged that Chavez is in poor health. Normally they just kind of brush off such talk and make it seem like everything is fine, like he is recovering and constantly doing better even if he clearly is not. Admitting this is ominous,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “I mean it’s only ominous if you like Chavez and a lot of people do indeed hate Chavez so for the majority of people it won’t be ominous at all. For them it might actually even be indifferent or they may actually like it.”
It’s not clear if Chavez is in a state to have an opinion at all.
“Obviously this surgery has not gone well at all and he is getting closer and closer to the end which is something that most people have been expecting for a long time because, well, he has cancer and it just seems to keep coming back over and over again and that is never a good sign,” continued Hander. “It’s still possible that he will get better, though this operation does not appear to have gone particularly well, but even if he does that doesn’t mean he will actually, like, survive and stuff which is really the end goal here. I mean even if he gets past this crisis he still likely has cancer to deal with and that sucks.”
It’s believed likely that if and when Chavez were to die the government would announce it.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent