Tonight, in what may be his last cadena on Venezuelan TV, Hugo Chavez declared that, following his victory on the October 7 presidential election, he was found to have “more malignant cells in the affected area,” and it is “indispensable, absolutely necessary” that he leave for Cuba tomorrow for emergency surgery.
More importantly, he named vice-president Nicolás Maduro his successor,
If anything was to happen…I ask you to choose Nicolás Maduro as president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”
while also urging the military to maintain unity.
Chavez’s condition must have worsened significantly. This is basically a resignation.