Hugo Chavez

Chavez Battling Post-Surgery Lung Infection

Due to be sworn in for another term next week

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Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, is suffering from "complications" brought on by a "severe lung infection" which developed after surgery, officials say.

Mr Chavez, 58, had his fourth operation for cancer in Cuba on 11 December and then developed a respiratory infection.

In a statement from Caracas, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said the infection had "led to a respiratory insufficiency".

Mr Chavez is due to be sworn in for another term in office on 10 January.

"[Mr] Chavez has faced complications as a consequence of a severe lung infection," said Mr Villegas.