Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer surgery in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to his homeland on Monday (February 18, 2013), 10 weeks after leaving for medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery. His long absence had raised doubts among his opponents and even some supporters about who was running the oil-rich nation. The government planned street celebrations to welcome him in several cities. Chávez’s return was announced in a series of three messages on his Twitter account. Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on television that Chavez arrived at 2:30 a.m. and was taken to the Dr. Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital in Caracas, where he will continue his treatment. Chávez thanked Cuban President and ex-leader Fidel and Raúl Castro, who have overseen his treatment in Cuba, and thanked his country’s people “for so much love”. Since being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011, the President has undergone four surgeries. The precise type of cancer and its location have never been revealed. Follow me on Google+ if you are a supporter of Hugo Chavez.

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