FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez pauses during a press conference in front of a portrait of independence hero Simon Bolivar, at the Miraflores p

 

              FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez pauses during a press conference in front of a portrait of independence hero Simon Bolivar, at the Miraflores palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez has asked his country's legislature for permission to travel to Cuba for more medical treatment after spending much of the past 18 months fighting cancer. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)