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A homecoming for Chavez

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 - 01:38

July 4 - Delighted Chavez supporters celebrate his surprise return after surgery in Cuba despite speculation his cancer may still require lengthy treatment. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela. After undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, he returns home just in time for two days of celebrations of Venezuela's 200th anniversary of independence from Spain declaring that he feels "fine". Elated supporters celebrated on the streets. SOUNDBITE: Chavez supporter, Carlos Bonilla, saying (Spanish): "I felt happiness and joy at the same time because I felt that the president had arrived here to the country. He's back and in good health." Chavez's return changes the political dynamics once again in Venezuela, where politicians on all sides had been bracing for a protracted absence. Caracas Opposition Mayor Antonio Ledezma SOUNDBITE: Caracas Opposition Mayor Antonio Ledezma, saying (Spanish): "I think these are very prudent times. The opposition in Venezuela has acted very responsibly. This is not the time to play with chaos. You shouldn't nor can you play with chaos. We just have to present ourselves as an alternative that represents a clear option to take the national government." Despite euphoria among supporters, Chavez's exact condition remains unclear, and he may still face lengthy treatment in Venezuela. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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A homecoming for Chavez

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 - 01:38