Chavez Suffers Surgery Complications

    Image #: 17043827    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves as he boards the plane with his daughter Rosa before his departure to Cuba, in Caracas February 24, 2012. Rallying supporters with folk tunes and jokes, Chavez bade an emotional farewell while supporters prayed for him around Venezuela ahead of Friday's planned departure for cancer surgery in Cuba.   REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)       REUTERS /JORGE SILVA /LANDOV

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    Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez might have promised too much with his “21st Century Socialism” project that won him reelection two months ago. On Thursday, the ailing leader suffered from bleeding after a six-hour surgery, which was the fourth operation he’s undergone in the last year to fight a cancer diagnosis. "This process of recovery will take time because of the complexity of the operation," Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said. "The patient is in a progressive and favorable recovery of normal vital signs." Another ominous sign came on Saturday, when Chavez appointed an heir apparent—just in case. Venezuelans fearing the worst have organized prayer vigils for Chavez’s health.

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