Venezuela's Chavez to undergo fourth cancer surgery

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s cancer relapse and his sudden announcement that he will undergo a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba have thrown the country’s future into question, and his designated political heir has begun trying to fill the void.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro called for the president’s supporters to rally behind his candidates in upcoming gubernatorial elections on Sunday. Maduro seems set to take on the role of chosen successor.

On Saturday, Chavez said for the first time that if he suffers complications, Maduro should take over for him and should be elected president to continue his socialist movement.

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