Vice President Maduro explained. He's visiting Chavez. He "decided to stay in Havana to accompany the commander and his family over the coming hours."
He said "a few minutes ago we were with President Chavez. He greeted us, and he himself talked about (post-operative) complications." They're not unusual.
"Thanks to his physical and spiritual strength, (he's) confronting this difficult situation."
Maduro expressed faith that his "immense will to live and the care of the best medical specialists will help (him) successfully fight this new battle."
He's optimistic that "the spiritual strength of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, and the prayers that have been felt throughout the world for his recovery, will help our President to overcome the disease."
A senior government official said Caracas' Plaza Bolivar New Year's festivities were cancelled. Venezuelan Capital District head Jazueline Faria said:
"Everyone pray for (Chavez's) strength".to overcome this difficult moment."
Chavez's daughter Maria said " Thank you people of Venezuela. Thank you people of the world. You and your love have always been our greatest strength! God is with us! We love you!"- Advertisement -
On December 30, Venezuela Analysis published a government communique on Chavez's health. It states in part:
"Through this message the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is fulfilling its responsibility to inform the Venezuelan public of President Chavez's clinical progress following his surgical intervention, carried out in Havana, Cuba, on 11 December."
Post-operative complications arose. Internal bleeding and respiratory infection problems were corrected.
"Throughout yesterday we remained vigilant as to the progress of his condition and his response to treatment. We met several times with his medical team and his closest family members."- Advertisement -
"A few minutes ago we were with President Chavez. We greeted each other and he himself made reference to these complications."
"Commander Chavez wanted us to transmit a special end of year greeting to Venezuelan families, who are gathered together over this period throughout the country."
"In particular he wanted to send a warm embrace to the children of Venezuela, and remind them that they are always in his heart."