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Hugo Chavez's absence from Venezuela provoking concern

Venezuelan government officials have sought to dampen rumours regarding the health of President Chavez, saying he continues to recover in a Havana hospital after an operation.

It is two weeks since Mr Chavez underwent surgery for what government officials have said was a pelvic abscess, and the normally outspoken leader has been uncharacteristically quiet since.

Opponents at home have been quick to seize on his absence as a violation of the constitution, saying governing from abroad is not allowed.

Michael Voss reports from Havana.

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