Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez in Stable Condition

Only the good die young, so he's probably immortal

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who has been recovering for more than a week in Cuba after an operation to deal with the return of his cancer, is in stable condition after his medical team treated him for a respiratory infection.

Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas announced on radio and television that Chávez's "general condition…at this time is one of stability" after on Monday "he was diagnosed with a respiratory infection, which the medical team immediately proceeded to treat and it has been controlled."

The infection appeared a week after a six-hour operation that the government has said involved complications.