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Vice President Nicolas Maduro has said that President Hugo Chavez is suffering his "most difficult hours" since his latest cancer operation on December 11.
Holding a copy of the nation's constitution, he called on Venezuelans to "respect Commander Chavez" at this "difficult time".
Vice President Nicolas Maduro is saying there is a military conspiracy against Venezuela.
Speaking during a televised cabinet meeting, he said he has given an American diplomat 24 hours to leave the country because he was plotting against the government.
He added that "special measures" are being taken to counter sabotage.
Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro is saying that President Hugo Chavez's cancer was an "attack" by his enemies.
Venezuela's Vice President has addressed a televised cabinet meeting in the capital Caracas.
He added that the nation is praying for the president during these cancer "complications".
Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro will address a Cabinet meeting live on state TV shortly, the government said amid speculation over the implications of Hugo Chavez's health downturn.
Sever dozen supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez have attended a mass in a chapel in the military hospital in Caracas where the leader is being treated.
Many of those in attendance clutched pictures of the president and shed tears during the service.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is clinging to life, according to the country's vice president.
Nicolas Madura said on national TV that, "the commander is fighting for his health, for his life," .
It is the clearest public indication to date of the severity of the president's condition and comes 10 days after Chavez returned from Cuba where he had received two months of treatment for his most recent bout with cancer.