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Venezuela to publish photos of recuperating Chavez

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:42 GMT
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* New health communique to be issued on Friday

* Chavez has not been seen in more than two months (Adds details, background)

CARACAS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The Venezuelan government will publish photographs of Hugo Chavez on Friday, the information minister said, in what would be the first view of the president since he had cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas made the announcement on Twitter, adding that a communique on the 58-year-old socialist leader's condition would also be read shortly.

Chavez has not been seen in public since he went to Havana for the operation on Dec. 11, his fourth surgery in 18 months for cancer that was first diagnosed in mid-2011.

On Wednesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the socialist leader was undergoing "complex" alternative treatments, but did not give details.

Chavez has never said what type of cancer he is suffering from, and critics have accused the government of secrecy over his condition. (Full coverage: ) (Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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