Venezuela top brass affirms loyalty to Chavez
Saturday, February 25, 2012
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's military high command is publicly reaffirming its loyalty to President Hugo Chavez as he prepares for surgery in Cuba to remove a possibly cancerous tumor.
Military leaders said during a ceremony Saturday they're praying for Chavez's health and said they're confident he'll recover.
Navy Adm. Anibal Brito's message to the president: "With you, everything; without you, nothing." He spoke during a ceremony inaugurating a naval training vessel named after independence leader Simon Bolivar.
Military officers have used the phrase before to signal allegiance to Chavez.