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Chavez consolidates power in state elections

AP, CARACAS

Chavez had claimed before embarking on his arduous re-election campaign that he was cancer-free.

However, he was forced to tell the nation a week ago that he had suffered a recurrence of the disease and announced that he would have to return to Cuba, a key Venezuelan ally, for surgery.

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