TEHRAN, YJC. President Hugo Chavez's breathing problems have worsened and the socialist leader is suffering a new, severe respiratory infection after cancer surgery in Cuba, Venezuela's government said on Monday.
Reading the latest brief official statement on the president's health, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said the 58-year-old's condition continued to be very delicate.
Chavez returned to Venezuela last month after being treated for cancer in Cuba, but has not appeared in public since.
Many Venezuelans have been demanding full details about his health.