Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering more complications linked to a respiratory infection that hit him after his fourth cancer operation in Cuba, his vice president said in a somber broadcast on Sunday. Vice President Nicolas Maduro flew to Cuba to visit Chavez in the hospital as supporters' fears grew for the ailing 58-year-old socialist leader, who has not been seen in public nor heard from in three weeks. Chavez had already suffered unexpected bleeding caused by the six-hour operation on Dec. 11 for an undisclosed form of cancer in his pelvic area. Officials said doctors then had to fight a respiratory infection.What's left of the Venezuelan center and center right is already scrambling to take advantage of a possible election. Maduro is the chosen heir to Chav-ism.
Senior "Chavista" officials have said the people's wishes were made clear when the president was re-elected in October, and that the constitution makes no provision for what happens if a president-elect cannot take office on Jan. 10. Opposition leaders say any postponement would be just the latest sign that Chavez is not in a fit state to govern and that new elections should be called to choose his replacement. If Chavez had to step down, new elections would be called within 30 days.Let's all pray that that other son-of-a-bitch in Cuba doesn't last much into 2013.