Despite a much publicised battle with cancer, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is insisting he will be running for re-election next year.
Speaking on state TV, Mr. Chavez revealed that he expects to shortly have a fourth and final round of chemotherapy for cancer.
He said if tests show no more malignant cells, he will then move to his next stage of recovery, including more exercise.
President Chavez has also said he will be well enough to host a regional summit on December 2.
He said he will be making use of the technology and resources not available in 1998, when he was first elected.
The Venezuelan President further declared that he will be using telephone and the social media to get his message across.
The National Electoral Commission is due to set the date of next year’s election, expected to be held in December.
In June, President Chavez had surgery in Cuba to remove a tumour from his pelvic region and has had three rounds of chemotherapy since.