Chavez heads home after cancer care

2012-04-26 08:19
Caracas - President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday announced on the Twitter microblog he was heading home to Caracas after undergoing radiation treatment for cancer in Cuba.

"I am on the plane now! Everybody is feeling happy because we are headed to our beloved Venezuela. Fidel and Raul [Castro] send their greetings! Long live Venezuela," Chavez announced.

On Monday, Chavez said he would be returning to Venezuela on Thursday. While officials earlier said this would be the last round of Chavez's radiation, he said this week he will return to Cuba for yet another one.

Chavez received his second cancer surgery on 26 February after a recurrence in the same area of his pelvis where it was first detected in June 2011.

The 57-year-old Chavez, who continues to run for a third six-year term in the 07 October election, never has publicly revealed the kind of cancer he suffers or its exact location on his body.

The visible face of the international left in Latin America, he is running as a "revolutionary" socialist against centre-left opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, governor of the state of Miranda.

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