Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in recovery following a successful cancer operation Tuesday night, according to his vice president. Although details on the severity of Chavez’s cancer have not been revealed, Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the surgery—which took place in Cuba—was both “complex” and successful. On Saturday, Chavez announced he would be having the operation after tests revealed “some malignant cells” in his pelvic region where tumors were removed earlier in the year. Today’s surgery is the fourth operation Chavez has undergone to combat cancer since June 2011.
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