Venezuela Postpones Regional Summit; Cites Chávez’s Health As Reason

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Top Story — Venezuela’s foreign ministry announced Wednesday the cancellation of a summit of foreign leaders meant to promote political dialogue and cooperation for development between Latin American and Caribbean nations. The news casts another shadow over the health of ailing President Hugo Chávez. Venezuela put on hold the Latin America and Caribbean Summit on Development and Integration, which was to be held next week because Chávez is in a “process of recuperation and extremely strict medical treatment” in Cuba. Chávez and the Venezuelan government have been unusually quiet since he underwent surgery on June 10 to remove a “pelvic abscess,” which has led some to speculate on the seriousness of Chávez’s medical condition and if he will be able to continue leading the country. Venezuelan officials said the summit, which was to be attended by a number of regional dignitaries including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, will be rescheduled for later this year.

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