The ailing Venezuelan president will run for re-election in 2012, according to a top government official, and intends to hold on to most of his political powers while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has expanded the portfolios of his vice president and finance minister.

The socialist leader has not disclosed the type of cancer, but revealed he had a tumor removed and is taking chemotherapy.

In a tweet Monday, Chavez wrote “Buenos días Mundo Feliz! Buenos días Venezuela Bella!! Desde aquí, listo para otro dia de BatallaPorLaVida.Viviremos y Venceremos! LosAmo!!” Or, according to the BBC’s translation: “Good morning Happy World! Good morning beautiful Venezuela! From here, ready for another day of the battle for life. We will live and win! Love you.” — PZS


In an interview on state television on Monday, [Finance Minister Jorge] Giordani gave reassurances about Mr Chavez’s ability to remain in power.

“I think there is no doubt the president will be present at the 2012 elections and then for many years,” he said.

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