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Ailing Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 18, 2013 at 7:25 a.m.

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Supporters gather in Bolivar square after President Hugo Chavez' return in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Chavez returned to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba after cancer surgery. The government didn't offer an explanation as to why Chavez made his surprise return while he is undergoing other treatments that have not been specified.

— Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery.

Chavez’s return was announced in a series of message on his Twitter account, saying “we will continue our treatment here.”

“We’ve arrived once again in our Venezuelan homeland. Thank you, my God!!” the first of the three messages said.

They were the first messages to appear on Chavez’s Twitter account since Nov. 1.

“I’m clinging to Christ and trusting in my doctors and nurses,” Chavez said in another tweet. “Onward toward victory always!! We will live and we will triumph!!”

Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on television that Chavez arrived at 2:30 a.m. and was taken to the Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital in Caracas, where he will continue his treatment.

Chavez also thanked Fidel and Raul Castro, who have overseen his treatment in Cuba, and thanked his country’s people “for so much love.”

Chavez’s return to Caracas came less than three days after the government released the first photos of the president in more than two months, showing images of him smiling alongside his daughters. The government didn’t release any images of Chavez upon his arrival in Caracas.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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