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Chavez will return home from Cuba next week, says Colombian president

Thursday, March 8th 2012 - 06:21 UTC
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With different backgrounds Santos and Chavez have become at least close working partners With different backgrounds Santos and Chavez have become at least close working partners

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Venezuela's Hugo Chávez will return home next week from Cuba where he is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumour.

The two presidents were meeting in Havana to discuss a regional summit and bilateral trade.

“We found him in good health, happy, in high spirits. He told me his recovery is going well,” Santos told reporters as he left the island. “He said we would stay a few more days and he thinks he will return to Venezuela at the beginning of next week.”

Colombia's conservative government has clashed with Chavez in the past, but since Santos' election the two Andean nations have increased cooperation on security issues and strengthened economic ties.

Chavez declared himself “cured” of cancer last year after surgery to remove a tumour from his pelvis and a round of chemotherapy but surprised the nation last month when he said he would be returning to Cuba to remove a lesion in the same area.

The gregarious president said in a televised appearance on Sunday he would need radiotherapy treatment, throwing a wild card into a contentious election year where Chavez is facing a tough battle against the opposition trying to end his 13-year rule.

Voters will decide in October whether Chavez should serve for another six-year term and are closely watching news about his health from afar.

Santos was in Cuba not only to meet Chavez and the Castro brothers but to discuss the coming Americas summit to be hosted by Colombia, and which has fallen into a controversy since several countries would like to see Cuba attend, but the US strongly rejects such an option, unless Havana complies with demands for democracy in the island.
 

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  • ChrisR

    Well, I think we all know what will happen within the next 9 months.

    Rather than waste the time he has left, Chavez should resign and spend it with his family.

    Mar 08th, 2012 - 02:39 pm 0
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