[News] Chavez Returns to Venezuela
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Mon Feb 18 11:50:40 EST 2013
Chavez Returns to Venezuela
By Ewan Robertson
Mérida, 18^th February 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) -- Venezuelan
president Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela in the early hours of this
morning after over two months in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery.
"We've arrived once again to the Venezuelan Homeland. Thank you God!
Thank you beloved people! We'll continue treatment here," announced
Chavez on Twitter when he arrived in Caracas airport at 2.30am this
The Venezuelan head of state had been in Cuba recovering from an
operation in the pelvic region undergone on 11 December, in what was his
fourth cancer surgery in 18 months.
In another tweet Chavez also thanked the Castro brothers, Cuban
president Raul and former president Fidel for their support, as well as
his medical team, declaring, "We will live and we will overcome!"
Fidel Castro also wrote a letter
<http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/7823> to Chavez before his
departure from Havana, in which he referred to the stage reached in the
Venezuelan president's recovery.
"A long and agonising wait, as well as your astonishing capacity for
physical resistance and the total dedication of a team of doctors...were
necessary to achieve this objective," he wrote.
Upon arrival Chavez was taken to the Dr. Carlos Arvelo military hospital
in Caracas, where he will continue treatment as part of his recovery.
On Friday the first images of Chavez since his operation were released,
which showed the Venezuelan president smiling and reading, while an
official statement <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/7768>confirmed that
temporarily he had difficulty speaking due to having a tracheal tube in
place for respiratory insufficiency.
This morning, Venezuelan communication minister Ernesto Villegas argued
that the official information given on Chavez's recovery had been
vindicated as accurate against voices in international and Venezuelan
media which sought to speculate on the president's health.
"He's back, he's back, he's back," said Villegas in an interview on
state channel VTV, continuing, "the ominous voices are defeated, those
who were calling into question the information emitted by the national
government with respect to Chavez's health".
Villegas added that "a terrible machinery was activated to delegitimise,
to call into question all of the information that was being given,
including by echoing the most atrocious versions (of Chavez's state of
The minister also said that Chavez "ordered at all times that the
country was informed on the progress of his treatment," and that the
government had given 30 official updates on the president's clinical
progress during his stay in Cuba.
Venezuelan vice president Nicolas Maduro called on people to gather
around the country to celebrate Chavez's return.
By dawn a crowd had already gathered outside the Dr. Carlos Arvelo
military hospital in Caracas to show their support for Chavez.
Maduro also confirmed that the leadership of Chavez's party, the United
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), would be meeting today to discuss
the party's political strategy in the new circumstances.
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