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Hugo Chavez Respiratory Infection: Venezuelan President Overcomes Health Issue

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures before voting in Caracas on October 07, 2012.  Venezuelans voted Sunday with Presid
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures before voting in Caracas on October 07, 2012. Venezuelans voted Sunday with President Hugo Chavez's 14-year socialist revolution on the line as the leftist leader faced youthful rival Henrique Capriles in his toughest electoral challenge yet. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

SANTIAGO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has overcome a serious respiratory infection, but is still being treated for breathing problems after cancer surgery last month, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas told reporters in Chile on Saturday.

Chavez has not been seen in public since he underwent his fourth and most serious cancer operation in Cuba on Dec. 11.

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