Venezuelan government: Hugo Chavez recovering

A pedestrian walks before a stenciled graffiti that reads in Spanish: "I am Chavez," in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, normally at the center of national attention, is so ill following a fourth cancer surgery in Cuba that he has made no broadcast statement in more than a month, and has not appeared in a single photo. During Chavez's five-week absence, some Venezuelans have begun speculating about whether his cancer could force him from office and require a new presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in good spirits and recovering six weeks after he underwent cancer surgery in Cuba, his government said Tuesday in a continuation of more upbeat assessments of the leader's fragile health.