Venezuelan soldiers in Caracas
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Armed forces pray for health of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez

14 December 2012 Last updated at 17:35 GMT

Vigils have been held in Caracas and Havana for the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The 58-year-old, who was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, underwent his fourth surgery in Cuba on Tuesday, 11 December.

Alvaro Ricciardelli reports.