Chavez in cancer operation

Fears have been raised over the political future of the 58-year-old president who has already had three cancer operations since the middle of last year. More surgery will cast doubts on his political future and his "revolution" in the OPEC nation.

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Fears over fourth cancer operation for Chavez

Fears over the political future of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Fears have been raised over the political future of the 58-year-old president who has already had three cancer operations in Cuba since the middle of last year.

News of more surgery will likely raise new doubts about his political future and the fate of his self-styled "revolution" in the OPEC nation.

In his comments on Saturday, Chavez sat alongside members of his Cabinet, including Vice President Nicolas Maduro and Congress head Diosdado Cabello, two close and powerful allies who might look to replace him if Chavez were to leave office.

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