Monday, February 18th 2013 - 15:44 UTC

Chavez in Caracas military hospital; presidential oath ceremony expected

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is resting in Caracas military hospital after his Monday early dawn return from Cuba where he spent ten weeks recuperating from cancer surgery. However contrary to other occasions no video or pictures were shown and officials confirmed he has a tracheal tube which limits speech.

The president followers took to the streets to celebrate

The only pictures released are from Havana, next to his daughters

Growing exposure of Castro brothers in Venezuelan affairs was becoming irritating

“We have arrived back in the Venezuelan fatherland,” Chavez announced via Twitter after arriving in Caracas. “Thank you, my God! Thank you, my beloved people!”

Chavez flew in from Havana at 2:30 a.m. and was transported to the Carlos Arevalo Military Hospital, Vice President Nicolas Maduro told Venezuelans on state television. The president was accompanied on his flight back home by Maduro, his daughter Rosa Virginia, his brother Adan and the president of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello.

The president’s surprise arrival appeared designed to staunch rising indignation by opposition leaders critical of the secrecy surrounding Chavez’s health and doubtful that he was running the day-to-day affairs of state, as his ministers insisted.

President Chavez has undergone four surgeries in Cuba since June 2011, but the government has yet to say what kind of cancer he has had or detail his prognosis.

The outsize role that Cuba and the Castro brothers government have played in the long saga, with Fidel Castro even delivering news about Chavez’s condition to Venezuelans, had led to a spirited protest in recent days by university students outside Cuba’s embassy in Caracas.

But on Monday, the president’s arrival led to fireworks in Caracas and prompted the president’s die-hard supporters to gather in the city’s main square, the Plaza Bolivar.

“Viva Chavez! Viva the Revolution! Viva the people of Venezuela!” yelled Tania Diaz, an anchor on state television, as she and other crew members celebrated on air.

The president’s return means that he can at last take the oath for the fourth term he won in the October presidential election. After that victory, Chavez started to drop out of the public eye, and on December 10 he flew to Cuba for a surgery that took place a day later.

For 67 days, he was not seen or heard from, as his ministers delivered a mix of vague news about his condition. Chavez missed his January 10 inauguration, though the Supreme Court had ruled that he could be sworn in at a later, unspecified date. The president did not issue any messages via his Twitter account, nor did the government release any photos or video of him while he was in Cuba.

Then, on Friday, the first photographs were released, showing Chavez lying in a hospital bed, flanked by two of his daughters and holding up a copy of Granma, the Cuban state newspaper.

Chavez was using a tracheal tube, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas reported, but he was “conscious, with his intellectual functions intact.”

Villegas also hinted that Chavez would overcome his “delicate circumstances sooner rather than later to accompany his people on the path toward new victories.”

With Chavez’s arrival in Caracas, Villegas said, “there can be no doubt about the democratic institutions working in Venezuela.”

Still, unlike Chavez’s previous triumphant returns from Venezuela during his ordeal with cancer, this one did not come with video or photographs of the president. The president, though, did offer a series of messages via Twitter.

“I am clinging to Christ and trusting my doctors and nurses,” he president wrote. “Onward toward victory always!! We will live and we will triumph!!”

The president also thanked Cuban President Raul Castro, his older brother, Fidel, and the Cuban people for showing “so much love.”


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1 ElaineB (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 04:01 pm Report abuse
Is he going to rule by Twitter?
2 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 04:04 pm Report abuse
I really hate making a statement like this, but the pewople there really deserve what they get if they can allow this charade of democracy.
3 surfer (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 04:24 pm Report abuse
CFK rules by Twitter and Facebook, one way communication only, no awkward questions, actually no questions at all.

Brings to mind Sarah Palin when she retreated to social media after the Katie Couric interviews.
4 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 04:57 pm Report abuse
Sarah is the iconic idiot. But I would take Sarah over asslips.
5 ChrisR (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 05:00 pm Report abuse
Wonder if the trachea problem means he cannot breathe on his own?

Has he got his legs? Any other bits missing?

Come back to die I would imagine.

Not long to wait now, ‘God willing’ Ha, ha.
6 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 05:11 pm Report abuse
The bastard really hangs on....perhaps he is only back for his official death mask.
7 Think (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 05:31 pm Report abuse
Nice to have you back home....
For many years, I hope...
Fuerza Sr. Chavez.
8 Conqueror (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 05:59 pm Report abuse
@7 Six months!
9 yankeeboy (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 06:11 pm Report abuse
That CIA cancer sure it taking its time.
That was a pretty dismal picture, propped up and waxy looking he must have had a lot of make-up on and a shot of adrenalin to get his eyes open.
I guess the devil doesn't want him yet.
10 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 06:25 pm Report abuse
That CIA cancer seems to have missed kirchner.......but she tried to play along as if she had it.....anything for sympathy.

I am not sure the devil wants him at all.........evil the devil thinks he is evil.
11 CaptainSilver (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 06:27 pm Report abuse
Looks just like Brezhnev did! Another evil dictator dying...
12 briton (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 06:47 pm Report abuse
Hugo Chavez
they say, he is alive and well,
and looking forward to going home.

but for how long, he already has competition,
and no one can rule forever.
13 slattzzz (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 07:57 pm Report abuse
@7 he's not in Dover is he..............................dickhead!!!!!
14 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 10:07 pm Report abuse
I can see chubby as a marionette puppet:
15 The Chilean perspective (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 10:47 pm Report abuse
My best wishes to Chavez and his family, it almost looks like he has done the imposible, his middle name must he Lazarus.
The people spoke and they chose him and his policies, no one can say the Venezuelans didn't know what they were getting, there are NO surprises here.
Now with Correa at the helm in Ecuador, Cristina busily destroying Argentina, the ex Marxist Dilma perpetuating stagnation in Brazil whist spending massive amounts of state funds, Mr nice guy Pepe Mujica throwing up his arms in despair in Uruguay and Chavez back for an encore in Venezuela, it may sound like bad news. What I think will happen is that the stable 3 (Peru, Colombia & Chile) are going to get a big increase in Foreign Direct Investment money that would otherwise have gone to the others. Chile for example closed 2012 with a staggering 63% increase or 10.6% of the GDP over 2011 in FDI. These are HUGE NUMBERS and they mean more products, services and exports at NO cost to the taxpayer, no new debt in fact tax revenue will increase. A win win, thanks dysfunctional regimes of the north...errr..and east. Keep up the good work and promise never to change.
16 TroyTempest (#) Feb 18th, 2013 - 11:48 pm Report abuse
i dated his younger daughter last time i was in Caracas, nice brunette with lots of money.
17 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 19th, 2013 - 12:17 am Report abuse
#15 You three are looking at the path to a real opportunity... to become immensely larger and more prosperous . I hope you guys make it work to the benefit of your people. Nourish international trade, keep the corporate greed in check and work bi-laterally and you all will be the regional leaders.
18 Sergio Vega (#) Feb 19th, 2013 - 01:05 am Report abuse
15@ Really you have done a very interesting explanation over what is happening through SA...fortunately for us...and the others members of the Pacific Alliance....!!

So, fingercrossed that they keep the office in their own countries so we can grow faster and bigger than possible if they were in competition....Sorry for the inhabitants of those poor countries going down in the fall, as the tango lirics says.....
19 travellingscotsman (#) Feb 19th, 2013 - 10:58 am Report abuse
@ 15 - You've hit it on the nail. Chile is a perfect example of a democratic country on the move. Viva Chile Viva los chilenos! I just hope Chile's example will show the others how democracies can and should work, mind you, no one has taken on Chile's example for the 25 years so I feel it's unlikely!
20 Mendoza Canadian (#) Feb 19th, 2013 - 10:59 am Report abuse
The axis of stupidity...Kirchner, Correa, Chavez...megalomanics all.
21 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 19th, 2013 - 11:12 am Report abuse
Evo is no lock on the intellect by any means. He's fast on the move to make bolivia one large reservation of the poor.
22 Conqueror (#) Feb 19th, 2013 - 04:40 pm Report abuse
@20 So now we know. Chavez is unlikely to make it to April! Not a lot of point holding a ceremony. The logical course is to hold new elections. Will Venezuelans be logical?
23 Gordo1 (#) Feb 22nd, 2013 - 11:10 am Report abuse
It is an insult to the people of Venezuela that this pantomime continues.

Just how ill is he? Is he capable of governing the country?

The powers that be MUST tell the truth and as soon as possible.
24 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 22nd, 2013 - 08:44 pm Report abuse
How ill is a national security issue, a classified secret. The are serious concerns that is just how ill he is were to get into the wrong hands, widespread democracy might break out.
How ill is dead considered anyway?
25 ChrisR (#) Feb 22nd, 2013 - 09:23 pm Report abuse
Apparently Cow Pat Head Morales went to see Dead Man Dead In Bed and was prevented from seeing him.

Spoke with government officials and his relatives instead.

Perhaps these people are running the country.
26 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 23rd, 2013 - 12:16 am Report abuse
Second time he was turned
27 ChrisR (#) Feb 23rd, 2013 - 02:42 pm Report abuse
26 Captain Poppy

Yes, you would think somebody would whisper those little words in Cow Pats ear “use a deoderant you smelly pig”.

LOLs :o)

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