Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, says he is recovering after surgery in Cuba last week for a pelvic abscess.

Mr. Chavez told the Caracas-based Telesur network that he was carrying out his duties from Havana.

He did not give a date for his return.

But opposition legislator, Maria Corina Machado, said an absence of more than five consecutive days by the president needed to be approved by the National Assembly.

The 56-year-old President, known for his high-profile style of governing, had just recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the public eye in recent weeks.

President Chavez was diagnosed with a pelvic abscess during an official visit to Cuba, last week.

He underwent surgery on Friday.