Chavez denies rumors of deteriorating health
Havana, April 24, (RHC), -- Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez denied rumors about a further deterioration of his health while undergoing cancer treatment in Havana, Venezuelan media said Monday.
In a telephone call form Havana, Chavez criticized opponents for spreading rumors that his health condition was deteriorating, saying the false reports were an "electoral trap" set by the opposition to gain an advantage in upcoming presidential elections.
“Sadly, we will have to get used to this crusade of rumors, because they are part of their psychological warfare labs,” Chavez said.
He also announced he will get back home on Thursday after culminating his latest round of radiation therapy, which he regarded as very successful, adding all health screenings yielded encouraging results.
Pictures portraying Chavez with his family in Havana, were also released Monday by Venezuelan state-media.
Diagnosed with cancer in June 2011, Chavez has been making short trips to Cuba for ongoing radiation therapy.
Chavez, who’s seeking a new six-year term at October’s presidential elections, said that while in Cuba he has been working with aides on a new socialist labor law.
Almost all recent opinion polls have given Chavez a comfortable double-digit lead over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.
A survey released on Monday by local pollster Hinterlaces showed 53 percent of Venezuelan voters planning to back Chavez in October, versus 34 percent for Capriles, a one-percentage point gain for the president since a similar poll last month.