Backers of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were in no mood to celebrate New Year's Eve Monday as the cancer-stricken leftist leader took a turn for the worse, fueling doubts about his political future.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez deploys a national flag from the balcony of the presidential palace in Caracas, on March 17, 2012. Venezuela called off public New Year's Eve festivities Monday and social media sizzled with worry after the government said cancer-stricken Chavez had taken a turn for the worse.
The streets of Caracas were quiet as the government called off festivities after announcing that Chavez suffered "new complications" from a respiratory infection following his fourth cancer-related surgery on December 11 in Cuba.
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