It's been almost two weeks since Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has made a public appearance. The 56-year-old leader, a television regular since he took power in 1999, hasn't been heard from publicly since he was hospitalized in Cuba June 10 for a "pelvic abscess," which is raising serious questions about the fate of his 2012 re-election campaign and gross questions about his pelvis.
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Officials have said Chávez is fine and giving orders from Havana, but citizens aren't buying it, according to French wire service Agence France-Presse.
His disappearance from the public eye, combined with prison riots-turned-"massacres," rampant inflation, a growing national debt and an electricity crisis, has left many looking for more from the leader, the AP reports. Their story also cited a poll from 18 countries in which Chávez earned a 3.9 out of 10 rating, the worst rating among the listed world leaders, second only to his pal Fidel Castro.
Maybe he's just going to stay in Cuba; Venezuela doesn't sound like a fun place to be in charge anymore.