Hugo Chavez going through 'most difficult hours'

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".

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Venezuela told: Pray for Chavez

Venezuela's vice president has told a televised meeting of ministers that everybody was praying for ailing president Hugo Chavez. His comments came amid speculation that Chavez was suffering from a severe respiratory infection after cancer surgery.