Hugo Chávez may be hospitalized, but that isn’t stopping him from asserting his presidential powers. Venezuela’s foreign minister, Elias Jaua, said on Thursday that he met with President Chávez in Cuba, where the president “made decisions about the international agenda [and] the domestic agenda.” Chávez has been recovering from complications after a surgery for his unspecified cancer since early December and hasn’t appeared or spoken publicly since then—even after winning reelection in January. “The president is in [a] full process of recuperation. However, he is coming from the most complex and deepest battle against the illness,” Jaua said of his condition.
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