Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela after Cuba cancer care

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

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.

Last week the first images of him since the operation were broadcast by Venezuela’s government. He was pictured smiling as he lay in bed reading a newspaper, with his two daughters by his side.

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