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Venezuela's Chavez needs more cancer surgery

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was poised to head to Cuba Sunday for more cancer surgery, after speaking for the first time of a successor in this oil-rich nation he so thoroughly dominates should he not recover. 

This photo, provided by the Presidencia, shows Venezuala's President Hugo Chavez kissing a crucifix as he sits with ministers during a televised radio interview in Caracas, on December 8. Chavez was poised to return to Cuba on Sunday for more cancer treatment, having spoken for the first time of giving up power if his condition worsens or he dies.

Chavez, 58, won another six-year term just two months ago and had said he was cancer-free after being diagnosed last year and treated. But he dramatically announced late Saturday that malignant cells had returned and that he needed more surgery.

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