An artist draws next to a painting of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, on 3 January 2013
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Hugo Chavez suffers 'complications' after surgery

Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, is suffering from "complications" brought on by a "severe lung infection" which developed after surgery, officials say.

Mr Chavez, 58, had his fourth operation for cancer in Cuba on 11 December and then developed a respiratory infection.

In a statement from Caracas, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said the infection had "led to a respiratory insufficiency".

The president has not been seen in public since having cancer surgery in Havana, prompting persistent speculation about his condition.

Sarah Rainsford reports.

Footage courtesy of VTV.

  • 04 Jan 2013