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Chavez will run for re-election next year, despite cancer: “there’s no Plan B”

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on July 20, 2011

by Merco Press News, July 19th, 2011.

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will run for re-election next year despite his struggle with cancer said Finance Minister Jorge Giordani who underlined there’s no Plan B. Giordani’s statement came as the populist leader is in Cuba undergoing chemotherapy and twitted to his compatriots his “insurmountable optimism”.

“There’s no doubt he’s going to be there in the 2012 elections and afterward for many more years” Giordani said in an interview on state television.

The 56-year-old Chavez, who has been in office more than 12 years, has indicated he intends to continue with his re-election campaign next year despite his illness. Chavez has not been seen on television since he arrived in Cuba on Saturday night. He said before leaving that he would begin chemotherapy right away.

A message posted on Chavez’s Twitter account Monday night said: “Good night fellow citizens! Closing another day of this battle for life here in Cuba, with unbeatable optimism! Fidel came again!”

Fidel Castro has often been at Chavez’s side during the Venezuelan leader’s treatment in Cuba. When Fidel underwent abdominal surgery a few years ago, Chavez would travel regularly to Havana to be at the side of the ailing Cuban leader. (continue reading… )

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