Brother denies Venezuela's Chavez in a coma

The brother of Hugo Chavez has denied the Venezuelan President is in a coma a month after he underwent surgery in Cuba.

After visiting the Cuban capital of Havana, Adan Chavez said in a statement, "The head of state continues to assimilate treatment well and his recovery is advancing daily".

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has not been seen or heard from since December 11
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has not been seen or heard from since December 11 Credit: Edmond Terakopian/PA

The cancer-stricken President has not been seen or heard from since undergoing surgery on December 11 - his fourth such operation since being diagnosed in 2011.

"Information on social networks and in other places, saying the President is in a coma and his family are discussing the supposed disconnection of life support equipment, are totally false," he added.

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