Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is reportedly in critical condition after undergoing surgery in Havana, Cuba, unnamed U.S. intelligence sources told the El Nuevo Herald.
Chavez is “in critical condition, not grave, but critical, complicated,” the source told the newspaper; the Spanish-language, sister publication of the Miami Herald.
Nobody has heard Chavez speak since he talked by telephone with Venezuelan state television on June 12, saying he was quickly recovering from the surgery two days earlier.
The only glimpse of Chavez came when the Cuban government released photos of the Venezuelan leader at the hospital with Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro on June 17.
Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said Chavez is attending to his day-to-day government duties while recuperating.
Venezuelans are accustomed to near daily speeches and television appearances by Chavez that can last several hours, even when he's traveling abroad.
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