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Briefly: Vice president optimistic about Chavez’s recovery
CARACAS — Vice President Nicolas Maduro struck an optimistic tone Sunday for the second day in a row on President Hugo Chavez’s recovery from cancer surgery in Cuba.
Mr. Maduro, speaking while touring a pediatric hospital, said Mr. Chavez is “consolidating a recovery process, which fills us with joy.”
A day earlier, Mr. Maduro said he had received an update from a ruling party member who visited Mr. Chavez in Cuba and that the Venezuelan leader’s “condition is becoming increasingly stable.”
“Prayers are always in our mind in this battle for life that is consolidating itself day by day,” Mr. Maduro said.
Mr. Chavez underwent surgery Dec. 11, about two months after being elected to another six-year presidential term. It was his fourth cancer-related operation since June 2011.
Bolivian President Evo Morales traveled to Cuba on Sunday morning, but there was no word on whether he visited his close ally Mr. Chavez.
Cuba’s government-run newspaper Juventud Rebelde said Mr. Morales visited Havana “to express his support for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias.”
The Bolivian leader was greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro, and the newspaper published a photograph on its website showing the two leaders smiling.
Despite his optimistic tone, Mr. Maduro offered no hint about when Mr. Chavez might return to Venezuela.
Government leaders have warned Venezuelans that Mr. Chavez might not be back in time for his Jan. 10 inauguration, raising the prospect of a legal dispute about who should take over the presidency.
Authorities seize ton of drugs, arrest 7 in speedboat
SANTO DOMINGO — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have seized more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine and heroin and arrested seven people.
The director of the Caribbean country’s National Drug Control Agency, Rolando Rosado, said the drugs were found Friday aboard a speedboat from South America.
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