Hugo Chávez

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wave a flag with his... Nieuwsfoto'sAfbeelding,Beeltenis,Caracas,Horizontaal,Hugo Chávez,Politiek,Politieke aanhang,Politieke bijeenkomst,President,Venezuela,Vlag,ZwaaienPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPSupporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wave a flag with his image during a rally in Caracas on December 9, 2012. Chavez was poised to head to Cuba Sunday for more cancer surgery, after speaking for the first time of a successor in this oil-rich nation he so thoroughly dominates should he not recover. Treatment is 'absolutely necessary,' the leftist leader said in a bombshell statement on state television in which he admitted he may have to give up the presidency and that Vice President Nicolas Maduro is his chosen successor. AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)