Venezuela's Chavez Goes to Cuba For Cancer Treatment


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew to Cuba early on Monday (December 10) for cancer surgery that he has recognized may end his tumultuous 14-year rule of the South American OPEC nation. Aides said the 58-year-old socialist leader was optimistic, however, as he left for his fourth operation since mid-2011 for an undisclosed form of cancer in the pelvic area. Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said Chavez's Havana-bound plane had left Caracas at about 1:30 a.m. (0600 GMT).