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Chavez Says He is Recovering Rapidly After Surgery

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is recovering from surgery last month

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is recovering from surgery last month  (Reuters)

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's government says President Hugo Chavez is recovering rapidly after undergoing surgery last month to have a cancerous tumor removed.

The Foreign Ministry says in a statement that Chavez received a call from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and told the Russian leader that "he has had a rapid recovery from the complex operation."

Monday's government statement says that Chavez is now in an "optimal scenario" as he begins a second phase of recovery.

Chavez has said he underwent surgery in Cuba on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region. Chavez hasn't said what type of cancer is involved.