Venezuelans on Hugo Chavez cancer surgery
Venezuela woke up trying to digest the news that President Hugo Chavez had undergone cancer surgery in Cuba.
In a speech on Thursday, the president - who has been in power for 12 years - revealed he had received surgery to remove a cancerous tumour.
Mr Chavez did not say how much longer he expected to remain in Cuba recovering.
Some Venezuelans, with opposing views, spoke to the BBC about his prolonged absence.
01 Jul 2011
- From the section Latin America & Caribbean