CARACAS, Venezuela – Two months have passed since Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez climbed the stairs of the presidential jet, blew kisses to supporters and flew to Cuba to undergo cancer surgery.
Chavez hasn't been seen or spoken publicly since that departure to Havana on Dec. 10, and the mystery surrounding his condition has deepened even as the government's updates have remained optimistic but have lately offered few specifics.
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on Saturday that Chavez is recovering slowly but that he is convinced he "is also going to win this battle."
Some analysts say they expect that sooner or later, Chavez's delicate health could make necessary a new presidential election. Chavez's allies, however, insist the 58-year-old president remains in charge and they express optimism he will be able to return home.