Chavez in 'pre-operative' steps before cancer surgery in Cuba
In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, speaks with his Defense Minister Diego Molero upon his arrival to Simon Bolivar airport in Maiquetia, near Caracas. Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (AP / Miraflores Press Office, Marcelo Garcia)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:28PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:19PM EST
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's government says President Hugo Chavez is going through "pre-operative" steps for cancer surgery in Cuba.
Information Minister Ernesto Villegas read the announcement on television.
In the statement, the government also urged Venezuelans to pray.
Venezuela released the statement on Tuesday after Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said Chavez was undergoing the operation "at this moment."