Caracas, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez confirmed on Monday that he will run for reelection in 2012 to continue the process of changes that began in 1999, when he took office.
“I have medical, scientific, human, sentimental, political reasons to continue leading the government, and will run with more strength than before,” the president said, stressing that he has never thought of leaving his post.
In response to speculations from several sectors about his capacity to lead the government due to health problems, Chavez said that if there were reasons, above all physical or mental, he would had been the first to do so in a responsible way.
In an interview with the newspaper Correo del Orinoco, Chavez said he felt great in spirits, in mood, in his soul, and his body is responding extraordinarily well in all senses, after undergoing surgery a month ago to have a malignant tumor removed.
Chavez informed that he had completed the first stage of chemotherapy last week in Cuba, but he would have to face new cycles of the treatment to prevent any possible reproduction of malignant cells.
Despite the strict diet and constante checkups, he pointed out, he will be working and assuming his responsibilities around the clock.
“I have to take care of my body to continue to live and fight, and to do my bit for a period of time that will not be short, but appropriate to the demands from a process. I am determined to reach 2031,” he noted.