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Chavez in 'pre-operative’ steps, Venezuelan government says

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 11, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.

— Venezuela’s government says President Hugo Chavez is going through “pre-operative” steps for cancer surgery in Cuba.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas read the announcement on television.

In the statement, the government also urged Venezuelans to pray.

Venezuela released the statement Tuesday after Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said Chavez was undergoing the operation “at this moment.”


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