Chavez has respiratory infection, now ‘controlled’

December 18, 2012 • World News

A boy plays in front of a graffiti that reads in Spanish “Chavez, heart of my homeland” at the neighborhood of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Smarting after a bruising loss in state elections, Venezuela’s opposition will now be forced to reassess its strategy and rebuild quickly to prepare for presidential elections that many expect could be called to replace ailing leftist President Hugo Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has a respiratory infection after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba and must have “complete rest” for the next few days, the government said Tuesday.

The socialist leader is in stable condition after being diagnosed with the respiratory infection on Monday, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said on television, reading a government statement.

“It has been controlled,” Villegas said. “In the opinion of the doctors, this type of ailment is one of the consequences that appear with the greatest frequency in patients Login to read more

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