HAVANA TIMES — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, announced today via his Twitter page that he has returned to Caracas after receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba, reported DPA news.
“I have returned to the Venezuelan homeland. Thank God!! Thank you beloved people! I will continue the treatment here,” he wrote.
Chavez, 58, underwent surgery in Cuba on December 11 for the fourth time to extract cancerous matter and since then had no direct contact with the country. In fact, he was unable to be sworn in for the 2013-2019 term, for which he was elected last October 7.
However, last Friday the government released from Havana the first photographs of the president since his operation, in which he appeared convalescing with his daughters, smiling and reading the official Cuban newspaper, the “Granma”.
It was also reported that the president has trouble speaking because of the use of a tracheal cannula, through which he breathes.
Using his Twitter account for the first time since his operation, Chavez wrote: “Thanks to Fidel, Raul and all of Cuba! Thanks to Venezuela for so much love!” He added: “I still cling to Christ and trust in my doctors and nurses. Onward to victory! I’ll Live and overcome!”
Diosdado Cabello, president of The Venezuelan National Assembly, informed that the plane that brought Chavez home landed at 2:30 a.m. local time on Monday.
Cabello said on Twitter that the president is in the Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital.