Factbox: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

CARCAS (Reuters) – Stricken by cancer since mid-2011, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in delicate condition after undergoing a six-hour operation that the government says was complex and difficult. Here are some key facts about Chavez: * Born to a poor family in Venezuela’s plains, or “llanos,” on July 28, 1954, Chavez once aspired to be a painter and then a professional baseball player in the U.S. Major Leagues. * His impoverished but happy childhood in rural Venezuela often feeds the folksy anecdotes he uses when talking about politics. …

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