"Sooner rather than later, we will have our commander Chavez there, continuing in ... command of the Bolivarian Revolution," Maduro said, referring to the socialist movement the president has led during more than 14 years in office.
He said that although Chavez is breathing through a tracheal tube, which hinders speech, that doesn't prevent him from communicating with his aides in other ways and "giving us orders in writing."
The government has not given details about the treatment Chavez is undergoing, and hasn't identified the type or exact location of the tumors that have been removed from his pelvic region.
Maduro said Chavez has been considering policy decisions together with other government officials, including "economic actions" that he said would be detailed in the coming days.
The vice president said the government is confronting "the bourgeoisie's economic war" amid double-digit inflation and a currency that has continued to weaken in black market trading against the U.S. dollar. He criticized what he called an "attack on the currency," but didn't give details about the economic measures the government plans.