Chavez in 'best moment' since surgery

President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez Credit: Lindsey Parnaby/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in his "best moment" since undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba 45 days ago, the vice president said today.

"He's got a smile that's filled with light, his thoughts are illuminated," said Nicolas Maduro in televised comments just after midnight after returning from a visit with Chavez.

The president has not been heard from since a complex operation on Dec. 11. Official statements in recent weeks have been positive about his condition following rumours that he is gravely ill.

The communication minister is scheduled to provide more details about Chavez's condition and treatment later today.