Dec. 24 - Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro says President Hugo Chavez's health is improving after surgery. Sunita Rappai reports.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is improving after surgery, according to Vice President Nicolas Maduro.
Chavez - seen here departing Venezuela for surgery in Cuba two weeks ago - has not been heard from following a fourth operation for an unspecified cancer in the pelvic region.
The government had said he suffered post-operatory complications including unexpected bleeding and a lung infection, but offered few details about his actual condition.
But Maduro said he'd had a 20-minute phone conversation with Chavez and the president was walking and exercising as part of his treatment.
He also sent a special Christmas greeting to the children of Venezuela and "a Merry Christmas to our nation and all the peoples of the Armericas, the Caribbean and brother nations," Maduro said.
In a speech to the nation before he left for surgery, Chavez named Maduro his successor, should he become incapacitated.
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