Chavez has operation, no official word on health

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Posted: Feb 28, 2012 9:19 AM
Chavez has operation, no official word on health

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has come out of cancer surgery overnight in Cuba and is recovering in hospital, two sources said on Tuesday.

Prominent opposition-leaning Venezuelan journalist Nelson Bocaranda said the surgery was exploratory and that the 57-year-old Chavez was at Havana's Cimeq hospital.

One medical source close to the team who has been treating the socialist leader in Venezuela said the procedure lasted 90 minutes. Venezuelan government officials have made no comment.

(Reporting by Caracas Newsroom; Editing by Eric Beech)