n Monday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew to Cuba to undergo treatment for cancer, two days after he announced that his cancer had returned. Chavez's struggles with cancer have gone on for more than a year, and upended Venezuelan politics, with many speculating that the disease could bring an end to his 14-year rule. With his usual bombast, Chavez pledged to return, declaring, "I leave full of hope. We are warriors, full of light and faith." However, this weekend he took the unprecedented move of naming his successor, Vice President Nicolas Maduro.
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