From Patrick Oppmann,
updated 12:56 AM EST, Sun December 9, 2012
-- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced late Saturday that his cancer has returned and that he will go to Cuba to undergo surgery.
Speaking during a televised address from the presidential palace, he said that if his health were to worsen, Vice President Nicolas Maduro should replace him.
It was the first time Chavez spoke publicly about the possibility of a successor -- a shocking admission from a man who looms larger than life in Venezuela and in Latin American politics.
"It's absolutely necessary, absolutely vital that I undergo a new operation," said Chavez.