Rejecting rumors about the death of the president Hugo Chavez, Venezuela Friday said that the president is fighting for his life.
Elder brother of the Venezuela president, Adan Chavez said that the president is still battling for his life.
"There he is, continuing his fight, his battle, and we are sure of victory!" Reuters quoted Adan Chavez as saying.
According to the news outlet, Chavez's son in law, Jorge Arreaza blamed the right wing for absurd rumors, "The launching of absurd and bizarre rumors by the right wing simply discredits them and isolates them further from the people," said he.
The son-in-law said that the president was 'calm' in a hospital with his family members and doctors.
The president was suffering from cancer and he has not been seen or heard in the public since his fourth operation in Cuba last December.
Venezuela February 21 Cancelled Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's visit to the South American country and the trip cancellation came at a time when the president suddenly returned from Cuba.
"I'm disappointed the trip couldn't happen. I look forward to doing it another time," Baird told Post media News.
The Canadian government views Hugo Chavez as a threat to Canadian interests in the country.
While in an interview with The Canadian Press, the foreign minister criticized Venezuela's deteriorating human rights and expressed dissatisfaction at its links to Iran.
"I'm concerned about Iran in general," said John Baird.
"I'm concerned about their nuclear program. I'm concerned about their support of terrorism," Baird said "And I'm concerned about their deteriorating human rights record at home."
Nicolas Maduro, vice president and Chave'z preferred successor urged the people of Venezuela to stay calm and patient of the president's condition.
"The treatments Commander Chavez is receiving are tough, but he is stronger than them," said the vice president.
"He's in good spirits, battling.... Leave him in peace. He deserves respect for his treatments, because he's a man who has given everything for our fatherland."
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