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Mr. Chavez offered the update on his health in a phone call Tuesday from Cuba that was broadcast live on Venezuelan state television, saying his “innards” were “a little hurt” in the Feb. 26 operation but that he is feeling better.

The 57-year-old president has said the surgery removed a new tumor that appeared in the same spot in the pelvic region where a tumor was surgically removed eight months ago.

“This week that passed … was a little difficult. Well, you know that fortunately I’m continuing to recover,” Mr. Chavez said. “I’m recovering with the grace of Holy God and the Virgin … the love of all of you, medical science, to continue fighting this battle.”

Mr. Chavez has said he next plans to undergo radiation therapy treatment, though it’s unclear how soon that could begin.


Culture minister ousted after 15 years

HAVANA — Cuban state media announced Tuesday that the government has replaced charismatic Culture Minister Abel Prieto, a well-known writer, professor and intellectual who has been in the role since 1997.

Mr. Prieto was named an adviser to President Raul Castro, an indication that he remains in favor, and Deputy Minister Rafael Bernal was promoted to replace him.

The announcement published by the Communist Party daily Granma noted Mr. Prieto’s “experience and the positive results obtained in the exercise of his office.”

Since 2010, Mr. Prieto, 61, has appeared increasingly thin amid rumors of ill health. No reason for his replacement was given.


Suu Kyi woos army during campaign stop

NAYPYITAW — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi assured Myanmar’s military on Tuesday that she seeks no confrontation with it as she ended a two-day campaign trip to the capital.

Ms. Suu Kyi spoke Tuesday at two rallies on the outskirts of the capital, Naypyitaw, a stronghold of the ruling military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party.

Her National League for Democracy is fielding candidates for all 48 seats at stake nationwide in April 1 by-elections, including four in the capital.

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