Chavez working during chemo: VP

AFP-JIJI

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is still in charge and mulling political, social and economic policies even as he receives a new round of chemotherapy, his vice president said Saturday.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro said that the 58-year-old socialist leader, who is convalescing in seclusion at a Caracas military hospital, sent “guidance” to his Cabinet as recently as Friday.

“He is staying informed and in charge as the chief who was ratified by our people various times,” Maduro said at an event broadcast on state-run television. The opposition says the government is lying about Chavez’s condition.