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Chavez debuts new look

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 01:28

Aug. 2 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez debuts a bald head and makes controversial statements in support of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi during a cabinet meeting. Travis Brecher reports

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez debuts a new look after his cancer treatment in Cuba. He appeared on television with his head closely shaved and bald patches from hair loss. He joked he might hold on to his new appearance. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HUGO CHAVEZ, VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: Maybe I'll keep it like this forever. I don't have to comb it and, since I have curly hair, (this will be) my new look." Chavez had a large tumor removed in Havana in June and has since been back to the Communist-led island for treatment. Chavez talked about the reasons for his hair loss but also gave some rare international support to his ally, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HUGO CHAVEZ, VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "Thank you Muammar wherever you are resisting a new imperial aggression. May God take care of you! May He give you health and life and to the Libyan people too. We categorically reject, we do not recognize the pantomime of transitional council and the hypocritical paraphernalia of these European and other countries who have recognized a group of terrorists." Chavez added he received a letter from the Libyan leader thanking him for backing Libya during the rebellion against his government. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Chavez debuts new look

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 01:28