Chavez to have another cancer operation

2012-12-09 02:56:47 GMT2012-12-09 10:56:47(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Saturday he will have to undergo another cancer operation in the coming days in Cuba.

"It is necessary for me to have a new intervention in the coming days," Chavez said in a televised speech.

He said he would have to return to Havana on Sunday after doctors found malignant cells during tests in Cuba.

The president returned to Caracas Friday after a 10-day stay in Cuba for post-cancer treatment.

Chavez, 58, has been battling with cancer since mid-2011. The ex-paratrooper, who won an reelection in October, travelled to Havana on Nov. 27 for more treatment after he claimed to have beaten cancer.

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