Chávez Needs Cancer Surgery

    FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez pauses during a press conference in front of a portrait of independence hero Simon Bolivar, at the Miraflores palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez has asked his country's legislature for permission to travel to Cuba for more medical treatment after spending much of the past 18 months fighting cancer. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

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    Hugo Chávez talked of a successor for the first time after admitting Sunday that he would return to Cuba for more cancer treatments. The Venezuelan president only returned from his last round of cancer treatments Friday. Chavez said that it is “absolutely necessary, absolutely essential,” that he returns for more surgery. Supporters should vote for current Vice President Nicholás Maduro should anything happen to Chávez in the course of treatment, the leader said, speaking from the Venezuelan capital. Chavez has been battling unspecified cancer in his pelvic region since June 2011.

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