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Venezuela's Chavez in delicate state after surgery

Venezuela's Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas reads a statement about the health condition of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a news conference in Caracas December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas reads a statement about the health condition of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a news conference in Caracas December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas reads a statement about the health condition of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a news conference in Caracas December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hold pictures of him, as they wait to write messages on a giant poster in support of him in Caracas December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hold pictures of him, as they wait to write messages on a giant poster in support of him in Caracas December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hold pictures of him, as they wait to write messages on a giant poster in support of him in Caracas December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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