Venezuelan president, Chavez, returns to country after cancer trip

Mr. Chavez is returning after spending 10 weeks in Cuba

The Venezuelan President returned to his country.

Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, has returned to his country after spending close to three months receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba.

Mr. Chavez announced his return to Venezuelans in messages to his Twitter followers.

“We have arrived back in the land of Venezuela. Thank you Lord!! Thanks to my beloved people!! We will continue our treatment here,” he said.

“Onwards to victory!! We will live and we will overcome!!!” Mr. Chavez wrote in one of his tweets.

Local media quoted Vice President Nicolas Maduro as saying that the president landed at 02:30 local time (06:30 GMT) before being transferred to the Military Hospital in Caracas.

State run television, VTV, later confirmed his return, proclaiming: “He’s back! Bravo!” said one presenter. “Commander Chavez has returned!” according to the BBC.

The news triggered celebrations on the streets of Caracas, the country’s capital.

Mr. Chavez is yet to be sworn in for his new term. The swearing in was delayed due to his health and doubts remain about whether his is fit enough to return to office.

The president thanked Cuba’s leaders and people and said he had confidence in his doctors.

He also thanked Cuban President Raul Castro and ex-leader, Fidel Castro.

Mr. Chavez, who came to power 14 years ago, went to Cuba for surgery on December 11, his fourth operation in an 18-month period for cancer first diagnosed more than a year ago.

Last week the first images of him since the operation were broadcast by Venezuela’s government.

The extent of Mr. Chavez’s illness is not known. He is known to have undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments to remove tumour.

His recent surgery, his fourth since June 2011, was followed by complications, including bleeding and a severe lung infection, officials said.


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