July 15 - Hugo Chavez continues to portray a well-bodied and able leader even as he discusses his battle with cancer. Julie Noce reports.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is addressing his battle with cancer head on. In the middle of a televised cabinet address Thursday, he stopped to take his medicine, and made sure the cameras were rolling. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ SAYING: "Time for a pill, right? I take the pill, I take it immediately with a bit of water. Rigorous discipline. Let's see, I take half of one. See, yes? Power, power, pure power, the three powers. Thanks guys." Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba last month to remove a tumor.. and has since been taking steps to reassure the public he's still fit to lead. Chavez chatted up his efforts to secure a 4 billion dollar joint development plan with China-- But returned again to his resolve in fighting cancer. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ SAYING: "I have to have a snack. At the moment, I am in rehabilitation and there is a schedule. Exercise, lifting weights, walking, bending-- (Vice President of Venezuela) Elias (Jaua), you were very energetic in today's rehabilitation walk-- and then there are medical checks, meeting with doctors, analysing everything. They took blood this morning and every few days they will review different things. It is a scientific discipline, nothing more." Brazilian media report Chavez will travel to Sao Paulo later to receive further treatment. Julie Noce, Reuters.