Latin America & Caribbean

Hugo Chavez expects one more round of chemotherapy

Hugo Chavez in a photo from 9 September 2011
Image caption Hugo Chavez had two previous chemotherapy rounds in Cuba and one at home

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he expects to soon have a fourth and final round of chemotherapy for cancer.

Speaking to state TV, Mr Chavez said if tests then showed no more malignant cells, he would move to his next stage of recovery, including more exercise.

He said he would be well enough to host a regional summit on 2 December.

And he insisted he would be running for re-election next year, campaigning "at a rhythm set by circumstances".

Mr Chavez said he would be making use of the technology and resources not available in 1998, when he was first elected.

"Whether by phone, via chavezcandanga (his Twitter account), street by street, town to town, Hugo Chavez will be the same," he said.

The National Electoral Commission has announced that next year's presidential election will be held on 7 October, ahead of the traditional December date.

In June, President Chavez had surgery in Cuba to remove a tumour from his pelvic region.

He had two rounds of chemotherapy in Cuba, and a further round in Venezuela at the end of August.

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