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Venezuela President Chavez in Cuba for treatment

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is to receive further medical treatment in Cuba, where he had months of cancer therapy.

    Chavez, who was re-elected in October, is due to be sworn in for a third term in January.

    In a letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday, Chavez said he needed further therapy to recover from this year's "tough electoral campaign".

    In May he declared himself free of cancer. There was no mention in his letter that the cancer has returned.

    "Six months after I had the last session of radiotherapy, I have been advised to begin a new special treatment, with several sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and physiotherapy," read the letter.

    Chavez, 58, was first diagnosed with an undisclosed cancer in 2011 and has had repeated surgery in Cuba. He finished his treatment there earlier this year.