Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer treatment

Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer treatment

Caracas : Venezuela | Feb 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM PST
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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez

In a series of posts on his official Twitter page, President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela after spending a significant amount of time in Cuba, where he was treated for cancer.

One post stated, "We have arrived back in the land of Venezuela. Thank you Lord!! Thanks to my beloved people!! We will continue our treatment here."

The announcement was followed by a series of pictures of Chavez lying on a pillow with his daughters on each side.

The last time Venezuelan citizens heard from their president was Nov. 1 of last year. Chavez underwent unspecified cancer surgery on Dec. 11 in Havana, his fourth cancer-related procedure since his diagnosis in January 2011. Details about his status have been vague.

Chavez, 58, has been the Venezuelan president for 14 years, having recently won another six-year term last October. However, his official inauguration ceremony that was supposed to take place Jan. 10 was postponed.

Opposition parties argued that this delay was a violation of the country’s constitution and that the National Assembly would act as an interim president. The Supreme Court decided that since Chavez is a sitting president, the formality of a swearing-in could be bypassed.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who has been running the country in Chavez’s absence, told local media outlets that Chavez arrived in Caracas at 2:30 a.m. (06:30 GMT) and was quickly transferred to the military hospital in the Venezuelan capital.

Chavez sought treatment in Cuba because of the Castro brothers’ emphasis on their country’s health-care system. The two countries have a long history of being political and economic allies.

While recovering from his treatment in Havana, Chavez has been making important decisions for his country. This week, he devalued the country’s currency, alarming citizens because of a potential jump in the cost of imported commodities.


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Hugo Chavez has ruled Venezuela since 1999
Hugo Chavez has ruled Venezuela since 1999
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