The Venezuelan president had been recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba for the past 10 weeks, raising questions about who has been running the nation.
March 5, 2013 A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez prays in a chapel outside the military hospital in Caracas. Chavez’s supporters prayed and wept Tuesday over a serious setback in his battle against a cancer that threatens to end his 14-year rule of the South American OPEC member. In one of the gloomiest announcements to date on Chavez’s health, the government said Monday night that his breathing problems had worsened and that he was suffering from a “severe” respiratory infection. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters Buy Photo