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US wishes Venezuelan president Chavez a speedy recovery

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:09 AM
This file picture shows Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez saluting during the visit of Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko (unpictured) at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas June 02, 2012. The President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello announced on Jan 8, 2013, that due to health reasons, Chavez will not be able to take the oath to be sworn in for a fourth term in office next Jan 10. -- PHOTO : AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday wished Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a speedy recovery as he battles cancer in a hospital in Cuba, just two days before he is due to be sworn in for a new term.

"Obviously we are, as we would be for anybody suffering what he is suffering, concerned for his health, and wishing a speedy recovery," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said.

Venezuela's top opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to rule on whether Mr Chavez's re-inauguration planned for Thursday can be postponed, as his government has argued.

Mr Chavez, a staunch leftist and foe of the United States, is scheduled to take the oath of office on Thursday following his October re-election. But he is recovering from cancer surgery in Havana, his fourth operation in 18 months, and it is not clear whether he will make it to the ceremony in Caracas.

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