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Chavez's cancer surgery successful, Venezuela VP says

Venezuela's vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) flanked by cabinet members statement about President Hugo Chavez's cancer surgery in Caracas December 11, 2012. Chavez's cancer operation in Cuba on Tuesday was successful, his vice president Maduro said, adding it was a complicated procedure that lasted more than six hours. The third recurrence of the socialist leader's illness has thrown his 14-year-old presidency into jeopardy and upended politics in the South American OPEC nation. REUTERS/Handout/Miraflores Palace

Venezuela's vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) flanked by cabinet members statement about President Hugo Chavez's cancer surgery in Caracas December 11, 2012. Chavez's cancer operation in Cuba on Tuesday was successful, his vice president Maduro said,...more

Venezuela's vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) flanked by cabinet members statement about President Hugo Chavez's cancer surgery in Caracas December 11, 2012. Chavez's cancer operation in Cuba on Tuesday was successful, his vice president Maduro said, adding it was a complicated procedure that lasted more than six hours. The third recurrence of the socialist leader's illness has thrown his 14-year-old presidency into jeopardy and upended politics in the South American OPEC nation. REUTERS/Handout/Miraflores Palace
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez embraces Vargas Governor Jorge Garcia Carneiro before departing to Cuba at Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez embraces Vargas Governor Jorge Garcia Carneiro before departing to Cuba at Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez embraces Vargas Governor Jorge Garcia Carneiro before departing to Cuba at Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez embraces Culture Minister Pedro Calzadilla before departing to Cuba at Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez embraces Culture Minister Pedro Calzadilla before departing to Cuba at Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez embraces Culture Minister Pedro Calzadilla before departing to Cuba at Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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REFILE - ADDING KEYWORD Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez takes an oath with new Defense Minister Alfredo Molero (L) as Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) looks on, at Miraflores Palace Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

REFILE - ADDING KEYWORD Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez takes an oath with new Defense Minister Alfredo Molero (L) as Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) looks on, at Miraflores Palace Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

REFILE - ADDING KEYWORD Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez takes an oath with new Defense Minister Alfredo Molero (L) as Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) looks on, at Miraflores Palace Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (5th R) talks with members of the army's high command during the swearing in ceremony of new Defense Minister Alfredo Molero (6th L) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (5th R) talks with members of the army's high command during the swearing in ceremony of new Defense Minister Alfredo Molero (6th L) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores...more

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (5th R) talks with members of the army's high command during the swearing in ceremony of new Defense Minister Alfredo Molero (6th L) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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