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Hugo Chávez returns home to Venezuela

Venezuelan president at military hospital in Caracas after returning from more than two months of treatment in Cuba

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned to the country after receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba.

In three messages posted on Twitter, Mr Chavez, 58, thanked Cuban President and ex-leader Raul and Fidel Castro.

He also thanked Venezuelans for their support and said he would continue treatment in his home country.

He has been president for 14 years and was re-elected for another six-year term in October 2012, but his swearing-in was delayed because of his illness.

Mr Chavez went to Havana for surgery on 11 December, his fourth operation in an 18-month period for cancer first diagnosed in mid-2011.


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Hugo Chávez returned to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery.

Supporters of the ailing president staged street celebrations to welcome him home while he was being treated at a military hospital in Caracas.

Chávez' return was announced in a series of three messages on his Twitter account, the first of them reading: "We've arrived once again in our Venezuelan homeland. Thank you, my God!! Thank you, beloved nation!! We will continue our treatment here."

They were the first messages to appear on Chávez's Twitter account since 1 November.

"I'm clinging to Christ and trusting in my doctors and nurses," Chávez said in another tweet. "Onward toward victory always!! We will live and we will triumph!!"

Chávez thanked Fidel and Raul Castro, who have overseen his treatment in Cuba, and thanked his country's people "for so much love".


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