Venezuela VP Maduro reads typewritten letter he says ailing Chavez sent from Havana

Published January 28, 2013

| Associated Press

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro has read a letter he says President Hugo Chavez sent to a regional summit in Chile.

The typewritten letter is about a dozen pages long and celebrates the assumption of Cuban President Raul Castro as the rotating president of the CELAC group of Latin American and Caribbean leaders. The letter also condemns the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

Chavez says in the letter, "I'm praying for the complete and excellent development of CELAC."

He adds, "The fight continues," referring to issues ranging from the U.S. embargo on Cuba to the dispute over the Falkland Islands.

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