Hugo Chavez calls state TV after rumours he had died

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez telephoned state TV after rumours he had died Credit: Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has telephoned state TV, ending a virtual silence of nine days that triggered rumours that he had died while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.

In the phone call from Havana where he is undergoing radiation therapy, the 57-year-old socialist leader said: "It seems we will have to become accustomed to live with these rumors, because it is part of the laboratories of psychological war, of dirty war."