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Venezuela's Chavez to go back to Cuba for treatment

By the CNN Wire Staff
Chavez appeared on Venezuelan TV earlier this week with a shaved head, claiming it showed his cancer treatment is working.
Chavez appeared on Venezuelan TV earlier this week with a shaved head, claiming it showed his cancer treatment is working.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hugo Chavez asks lawmakers for permission to leave Venezuela
  • He is expected to continue cancer treatment in Cuba
  • Lawmakers will meet in a special session Saturday
RELATED TOPICS
  • Hugo Chavez
  • Venezuela
  • Cuba
  • Cancer

(CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has asked lawmakers to approve a trip to Cuba, where he is expected to continue cancer treatment.

Chavez announced in June that doctors had removed a cancerous tumor from his body, but the leader has not specified what type of cancer. He traveled to Cuba last month for about a week of chemotherapy.

According to statements posted on the National Assembly website, lawmakers will meet Saturday in a special session to vote on authorization.

Chavez is expected to undergo various tests while in Cuba and has asked to be gone for more than five days, according to the statements.

Hours before Chavez left Venezuela the last time, the president delegated some of his powers to his vice president and finance minister -- marking the first time in his more than 12 years in office that he ceded authority.

 
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