From Cuba, Hugo Chavez Announces He’s Being Treated for Cancer

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Speaking in a TV broadcast from Havana, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez announced on Thursday that he's had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Chavez, who looked pale and emotional while making the announcement, said he was continuing treatment, but did not specify what that treatment entailed or where the tumor was located. He gave no indication of when he would return to Venezuela, and he did not name a temporary substitute to lead the nation of 29 million people. Although rumors about Chavez's health have recently made the rounds, Venezuelans were reportedly shocked by the announcement. Analysts say a prolonged absence could possibly prompt calls by opposition parties for an election before the expected 2012 poll.

Chavez says he was treated for cancer [Reuters]
Chavez says doctors removed cancerous tumor from his body [CNN]