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Venezuela President Chavez's cancer surgery 'successful'

12 December 2012 Last updated at 05:03 GMT

Surgeons in Cuba have successfully operated on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to remove cancerous tissue, says his Vice-President Nicolas Maduro.

It was the president's fourth cancer-related operation since June 2011.

At the weekend, Mr Chavez spoke for the first time about a possible successor, naming Mr Maduro as his preferred candidate.

Will Grant reports from Havana.