Chávez returns from Cuba, says he’s happy to be home

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has returned home from Cuba where he underwent cancer surgery.

Chávez’s plane arrived Friday at Caracas’ international airport. Earlier in the day he announced in a Twitter message that he was departing from Havana’s international airport. He wrote, “Heading to the Motherland! Thank God!”

Chávez had a tumor removed from his pelvic region in late February. He also flew to Cuba last year when he had a growth removed from the same area. He underwent chemotherapy last year in Cuba and Venezuela.

The 57-year-old Venezuelan leader has declined to identify the precise type of cancer he has, but said he will soon begin radiation therapy.

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