The leaders of Bolivia and Uruguay have both expressed interest in traveling to Havana to visit Chavez, though so far neither has made the trip.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called Maduro on Tuesday to congratulate Chavez’s allies for winning most gubernatorial seats in elections on Sunday, and she also asked about Chavez’s health.
‘‘Maduro told Dilma that Chavez is recovering, and the president wished the Venezuelan president a speedy recovery,’’ Rousseff’s office said in a statement on its website.
Adan Chavez, who is the eldest of six brothers in the president’s family, was re-elected governor in the president’s home state of Barinas over the weekend.
On Tuesday, the governor said the relatively low 53 percent turnout in the nationwide elections was a problem that affected candidates in both camps. He added that some who voted for the president’s re-election in October had apparently voted for the opposition this time.
‘‘Some seem to have had the nerve to have voted for opposition candidates. That, of course, is a big contradiction,’’ he said in a televised speech. ‘‘It shows an ideological weakness that we have to continue working on.’’
Chavez is scheduled to be sworn in for a new six-year term Jan. 10. Under Venezuela’s constitution, if the president dies, is incapacitated or steps down, a new election would be held within 30 days.
National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello declined to speculate when asked at a news conference whether Chavez will be back in Venezuela by Jan. 10.
‘‘There’s a date established in the constitution, and our concern really is that the president recovers and is totally healthy, and, God willing, he will be,’’ Cabello said.
Associated Press writers Camilo Hernandez and Cesar Garcia in Bogota, Colombia, and Fabiola Sanchez and Ian James in Caracas contributed to this report.