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Uncertainty about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's Health Affects Presidential Campaign

LADB Article ID: 78568
Category/Department: Venezuela
Date: 2012-04-13
By: Andrés Gaudín

Perhaps in no other country, six months before extremely polarized presidential elections, has the candidate whom all the polls predict will win undergone emergency surgery—for cancer—with the candidate who opposes him celebrating that misfortune in private but not daring to say so publically, falling into the most confusing campaign rather than taking advantage of the situation. That is what is happening today in Venezuela. In February, President Hugo Chávez, running for re-election, was operated on for the second time in eight months, and, after receiving chemotherapy and now underdoing radiation treatment, he has confounded friends and foes with the dynamism that he has stamped on his administration.

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