Venezuela’s Chávez says he has beaten his cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, 57, says he has beaten cancer.

Chávez returned home Thursday after traveling to Cuba for medical testing.  He told reporters in La Fria the tests show he is now free of illness.

Chávez spoke before a planned pilgrimage to La Fria’s Catholic shrine.

Chávez underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic area in June followed by chemotherapy treatments.

The type of cancer he suffered from has not been made public, but the socialist leader has vowed to be well enough to win another six-year term next year.

President Chávez has been in power since 1999.

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