Supporters of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, known as ‘Chavistas’ celebrate and pray for the ailing leader. (Photo Credit: ABC.es)

Al-Jazeera is reporting that the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has evolved in a “favorable” way in recent days, although he still requires treatment for respiratory failure, the government has said.

“Despite his delicate state … in recent days the general medical evolution has been favourable,” said the latest official statement on Chavez’s health on Sunday.

“The respiratory infection is controlled, though the commander-president still requires specific measures to solve breathing insufficiency … he is conscious.”

Chavez has been hospitalized in Cuba since his fourth cancer operation last month and suffered a pulmonary infection.

Former vice president Elias Jaua said earlier on Sunday “the situation is complex and delicate, but it is true that Hugo Chavez has fought and is fighting for his life”.

Supporters of the ailing president held rallies across Venezuela and defended a controversial court ruling allowing the indefinite delay of the socialist leader’s inauguration.

Read more at Al-Jazeera.

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