LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales will rest for 11 more days in the central city of Cochabamba before resuming his public appearances after undergoing surgery on his larynx in Cuba, although he will remain active on the social networks to render his opinion of the international situation and other matters.
Communications Minister Gisela Lopez told the media on Thursday that, on the recommendation of his doctors, the president must “rest until April 17, when he may resume his public agenda and routine activities.”
However, Lopez said that, as was evident on Thursday, Morales remains active on Twitter “and is not lowering his guard” in making his opinions known on the current international situation.
From his home in Cochabamba, where he is recuperating, Morales on Thursday sent a message of congratulations to his Ecuadorian counterpart, friend and ally, Rafael Correa, on his 53rd birthday, and he thanked the public for the “solidarity, blessings, rituals (and) prayers” he has received regarding the operation he underwent in Havana.
Cuban surgeons removed a benign tumor from the left side of Morales’ vocal cords which had been making him hoarse for several months.
The Bolivian leader began becoming hoarse in January, when he gave a long speech to commemorate his 11 years in power and later the situation became worse during lengthy speeches at public events around the country.
The nodule on the vocal cords was detected in March in Cuba after the president was urgently treated for dysphonia, sinus problems and abdominal pain.
Government officials asked Morales to take the medical advice offered him and rest his voice, or at least speak very little and in a low voice.
“He can speak, he has no difficulty with that, but what he can’t do is give speeches,” said his friend, Cochabamba Gov. Ivan Canelas, according to the state-run ABI news agency.
While Morales recuperates, Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera will fill in for him at assorted public events.