Chavez suffering from complications from surgery
CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering from complications arising from a "severe pulmonary infection", more than three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said.
"This infection has led to a respiratory insufficiency that requires that comandante Chavez strictly fulfill the medical treatment," Mr Villegas said in a national broadcast.
The announcement came amid growing demands at home for more detailed information about the president's health and whether he will be fit to take the oath of office on Jan 10.
Mr Chavez has not been seen in public since he underwent a long and complicated surgery 23 days ago for a recurrence of cancer, and officials have acknowledged that his recovery has been difficult.