01 Jul '11, 3am

Venezuelans stunned by Chavez cancer confirmation #Venezuela

CARACAS - SUPPORTERS of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday reacted with dismay and denial to news he had suffered cancer - but vowed to continue advancing his self-styled revolution as he recovered. 'This is a lie, Chavez does not have cancer, I don't know why he said it but it's not true,' said Luis, a worker painting a wall in a downtown Caracas plaza. 'We don't have to be afraid. Cancer is a disease that can be treated,' said Javier, a waiter. Neither gave surnames. Supporters, who for two weeks had been condemning the cancer rumors as an opposition smear campaign, looked overwhelmed as they watched Mr Chavez's grave speech. Mr Chavez's ministers came out immediately with a joint television appearance to pledge loyalty and unity. 'There is no time for sadness, but for reflection and bravery, Vice-President Elias Jaua said. 'Unity is what is needed at this mome...

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CARACAS - The Venezuelan government rejected reports Sunday that President Hugo Chavez is in critical condition following ...