Venezuela president Hugo Chavez recovering after surgery
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, right, is greeted by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Tuesday in Salinas, Ecuador.
June 11th, 2011
04:32 AM ET

Venezuela president Hugo Chavez recovering after surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez underwent surgery Friday in Cuba, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said.

Chavez suffered from a pelvic abscess and results from the surgery were "satisfactory," Maduro said.

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  1. aida

    i hope you get better i admire you as a person and a leader who stands up for what is right. I pray you stand even stronger in the future take care. a big fan of chavez

    June 11, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rahda

      Aida-are you mentally ill?! Does your doctor know you have computer access and are posting on these boards?

      June 11, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackblob

      I guess it all depends on what you believe is "right". If you think Chavez stands up for the people of Venezuela, you are sadly mistaken and grossly ignorant. What little he has done for the people of Venezuela was done years ago. There are just as many poor today as when Chavez became president. Crime, however, has escallated threefold. Inflation is out of control. There are shortages of basics. The electrical grid keeps failing. The once wonderful Caracas subway system is a shambles. There is a massive housing shortage. Corruption is greater today than before Chavez. Chavez promised food independence but Venezuela imports more food than it produces. Production in the industrial sector has fallen. The oil industry is seeing constant drops in production. Chavez just doubled the debt thru a "special law" (illegal) so he can use the money to buy the peoples vote. 60% of Venezuelans believe it's time for Chavez to go. Meanwhile, the Chavez family has become quite wealthy. Power is completely centralized under Chavez. He controls everything including the judiciary. The people he doesn't like are now rotting in prison. Ah, the prisons. They are jammed full at triple their designed occupancy. The military, on the other hand, is doing quite well. Chavez has been on a spending spree of military equipment. Chavez stands by and defends his friend Gadahfi's right to rule Libya with brutality as his means of staying in power. An election is coming soon to Venezuela. As I said, 60% of Venezuelans want him out. The military has already said they will overturn the election if Chavez is not elected. Will you still believe in Chavez if he decides not to respect the election results? Chavez loves to go on television and blather on for hours, sometimes ranting with a foaming mouth. He believes 9-11 was an inside job. He believes the moon landings were faked. He believes America caused the earthquake in Haiti. He claimed America sank the South Korean war ship. He once held up a photo taken of a US spy plane over Venezuelan territory. That photo, as it turned out, was taken form the Wikipedia website. He claimed nearly a dozen plots on his life by the Americans, however, he never once provided a shred of evidence. He has frequently claimed agression on Venezuela by Colombia, again, no evidence. His status as a dictator will become official after he loses the next election and refuses to go. It infuriates me when ignorant leftists outside of Venezuela give their support to Chavez. They are clueless idiots supporting an ideology that does not exist, certainly not in Venezuela.

      June 11, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Rafael

      You must be a big fan of Hitler too!

      June 13, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. aida k

    i hope you get better i admire you as a person and a leader who stands up for what is right. I pray you stand even stronger in the future I would like to visit your country someday and bring my daughters to meet you a true example for any youth to emulate......

    June 11, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Yes go.... They need ignorant people like you

      June 11, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I hope he develops an infection and gets sick and dies.

      June 11, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      God, please make for a speedy recovery of our beloved president Hugo Chavez, that was voted into power by his people and is not a dictator.

      June 11, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      God, please give the Tinman a heart, the Lion courage, and Alicia a brain, Amen.

      June 11, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Rafael

      Ignorant woman...so ignorant,blind & not very bright!

      June 13, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. andresmalo

    I hope Our Father takes him A S A P. And also ask our blessed Mother to extend his pain as long as she can.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. troops home

    Wishing you a speedy recovery President Chavez. You put workers ahead of banks and globalist. Thank you for the heating oil assistance you have provided here in the Northeast. I wish we had a leader like you to vote for here in America.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • robbrennen

      If we had a leader like him here at home you had better vote for him or you might not make it home to your family.

      June 11, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmyk

      Why don't you go down to Venezuela then since you think that Chavez is a great leader.

      June 11, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      Uh, well, Chavez wasn't elected he took control and rigged the elections after killing many in the opposition party. He is as un-American as they come so to think you would want him here makes me question where you live. You certainly don't live in the USA.

      June 11, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. ridiculous

    you have no idea what youre talking about. this guy is a madman. most of my family is still in venezuela and poverty hasn't changed, the only thing that has changed in the past 10 years is less and less rights. the only people benefiting from chavez are the military. i hope hes looking at the middle east revolutions with fear of what is to come for him.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. V. Clausewitz

    Understand there were complications as they had to pull his head out of his a$$.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. ridiculous

    by the way if you like chavez so much, if he was here there would be no websites like CNN where you could actually post your opinion.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. BarbaraSamburu

    Surgery sounds fishy – could it be something else beginning with a C??

    June 11, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    RIP Hugo, you filthy dog.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. joe from miami

    i hope he suffers for years and drops dead from an infection like fidel castro whos has been suffering for years like he has made his people suffer.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Zeke

    What a piece of trash this man is and anyone who likes him. He has destryed Venezuela and made it into the septic tank of the world. No human rights, no democracy, tons of foof allowed to go bad, giving Venezuelan money to Nicaragua to build power plants while Venezuela suffers from blackouts, more murders weekly than any country in the world, no jobs, no water, no food. Anyone who believes Chavez to be for the poor is as big a fool as he is.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rafael

    I am from Venezuela,one would have to go to my country to see the suffering that is going on. There is no middle class,poverty abounds everywhere you look. I have visited several times in the last three years & on each visit it gets worse. Chavez can rot in hell as far as I'm concerned.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. a alamba

    Why does he have to goto cuba for his medical care?

    June 11, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rodbert

    Surgery was done in Cuba, huh? Guess he didn't trust his Venezulean doctors.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Long live capitalism!
    Chavez is the worst kind of leader.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
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