After disappearing for a few days (and leaving in his trail a swathe of rumours about his health), President Hugo Chávez reappeared today in what appeared to be a live broadcast from his home state of Barinas.
In a dramatic speech, with his daughter at his side (apparently holding back tears), with Vice-President Elías Jaua behind him wiping the sweat off his forehead, he admitted having gone to Cuba over the weekend for some medical tests, and announced that he is to have surgery again. He says doctors have discovered a “lesion” in the same area of his previous operation (the pelvic area) that requires surgery.
Venezuelan journalist Nelson Bocaranda had been tweeting about this all weekend long. Today many people chastised him and others for believing him. Turns out, he was right.