Chavez Family “Urgently” Departs For Cuba to See Ailing Marxist Dictator
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez (C) is visited by Cuba’s President Raul Castro (R) and its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at a hospital in Havana in this June 17, 2011 handout file photo. Chavez, an avid tweeter whose speeches routinely go on for hours, has barely communicated in public since a June 10 operation in Cuba that has become increasingly shrouded in mystery and speculation as the days have gone by. Usually on TV several times a day, Chavez has also been invisible except for this photo session where Chavez was smiling and upright but notably frailer. (REUTERS/Revolution Studios)
Chávez daughter Rosinés and his mother Marisabel Rodríguez “urgently” left Venezuela today to see the ailing Marxist leader who is being cared for in Cuba.
FOX News Latino reported:
Hugo Chávez extended stay in a Cuban hospital is because he is in critical condition, according to a report in El Nuevo Herald.
The Venezuelan president, who was last seen in public June 9 and last heard from on June 12, on a phone call with Venezuelan state television, was said to have been treated for a pelvic abscess in Cuba.
During the call Chávez said that medical tests showed no sign of any “malignant” illness.
But according to the report in El Nuevo Herald, Chávez finds himself in “critical condition, not grave, but critical, in a complicated situation.”
The Miami newspaper cited U.S. intelligence officials who wished to remain anonymous.
Chávez silence has led to chatter and speculation in Venezuela that the socialist leader is actually suffering from prostate cancer. Intelligence officials could not confirm a diagnosis of prostate cancer but Chávez family did go to Cuba in the last 72 hours, according to wire service EFE.
Chávez daughter Rosinés and his mother Marisabel Rodríguez “urgently” left the country and headed to Cuba in a Venezuelan air force plane.