The Venezuelan president will put his re-election plans on hold to return to Cuba to have a third operation on his pelvis, where his cancer may have returned.

Chavez had a tumor removed in June. Now doctors have found a small lesion in the same area, he said on state television, adding, “I am in good physical condition to confront this new battle.” — PZS


“The truth is that in the examination in Havana they detected a lesion in the same place where the tumour was extracted almost a year ago,” he said. “There is no metastasis. It is a small lesion of around 2cm, very clearly visible.”

He said surgery to remove it would take place “in the coming days”.

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