Gov’t: Chavez suffered complications in surgery

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding during his cancer surgery in Cuba that required “corrective measures” to stanch the flow, his government said Thursday.

But in the latest of a series of unusually frank reports about the president’s delicate condition, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas also said Chavez has been making a “progressive and favorable” recovery after the complications from Tuesday’s surgery.

“This recovery process, nevertheless, will require a prudent period of time as a consequence of the complexity of the surgery performed,” Villegas added.

The government has begun providing regular updates on the president’s recovery after the six-hour surgery in what appears to be a slight easing of the secrecy that has surrounded Chavez’s medical treatment since he fell ill last year.