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Chavez is back in Caracas, “with any adverse reaction to the treatment”

Thursday, April 26th 2012 - 21:00 UTC
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The Venezuelan leader arriving at Caracas airport (Photo: Reuters) The Venezuelan leader arriving at Caracas airport (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returned home after 11 days of cancer treatment in Cuba as the state television showed images of the Head of State chatting with his vice president and other aides after arriving at Caracas' international airport early Thursday.

“So far, fortunately there hasn't been any adverse reaction to the treatment,” Chávez said. “All the exams that have been carried out have shown positive results of physical recovery.”

Chávez travelled to Cuba on April 14 for radiation therapy treatment. He added that he expects to return to Havana soon to undergo more treatments.

The Venezuelan leader began radiation treatment in Cuba in late March after an operation in February that he says removed a second tumour from his pelvic region. The first tumour was taken out in an operation last June.

Chávez said he met his friend and mentor Fidel Castro on Wednesday afternoon and later saw his brother President Raúl Castro at the airport in Havana.

The Venezuelan has often expressed gratitude to the Castro brothers for the care he has received in Cuba since last June, when he said an initial surgery removed a tumour the size of a baseball.

Chávez has kept secret some details of his illness, including the type of cancer and the precise location of the tumours.

Earlier in April, Chavez spoke at a Mass in his home state of Barinas, tearing up at times as he discussed his struggle with illness.

“Christ...give me life, because I still have things to do for the people and this country. Do not take me yet,” he said.

Chavez described cancer as “a true threat that marks the end of the path for many people. The end of the physical path, that's the truth”.

But he said he was recovering, adding that he had “much faith, much hope, much willpower to defeat this threat, as many people have, with the help of God and medical science.”

Chavez has led Venezuela since 1999 and has pledged to run for re-election in October.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • briton

    He looks like a holidaymaker, having a laugh, for you been framed..

    Apr 26th, 2012 - 09:25 pm 0
  • PirateLove

    well if his disease is eating him away we are in for a very long weight.

    Apr 26th, 2012 - 10:11 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Venezuelan citizen with ties to the Casa Rosada held in Macau – Argentinean Government refuses to issue a statement. Xinhua News Agency - Sunday April 29, 2012 - Hong Kong

    Authorities have detained Guido Antonini Wilson, the US-Venezuelan citizen who was caught in August 2007 by Argentine Customs with a brief case containing 800.000 US dollars, allegedly for the presidential campaign of Mrs. Kirchner, and now again has been detained in Macau when four rather large suitcases inspected were found to contain $4.6 million Dollars. Wilson was reportedly to explain that he was simply bringing back a few suitcases for his friend, Maximo, that had legitimately “done quite well on the roulette tables” a few weeks ago. The Casa Rosada Government House in Buenos Aires when first contacted refused to comment and Maximo Kirchner was unavailable to be interviewed. Argentine solicitor Guillermo Ledesma, is now negotiating with Chinese Macau authorities for the release of Wilson and it is hoped the issue can be quickly resolved.

    Apr 29th, 2012 - 07:55 am 0
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