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Chavez Returns To Venezuela After Cancer Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a copy of the newspapers with his daughters Rosa Virginia (right) and Maria while recovering from cancer surgery in Havana.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has made a surprise return to his country more than two months after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.

He sent a message on Twitter on February 18, saying "We have arrived again to the Venezuelan motherland. Thank you, God. Thank you, my beloved people. We will continue my treatment here."

The 58-year-old leader was first diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

After treatment that included three surgical procedures, he declared himself cancer-free and won another six-year term as president in October.

However, he suffered a relapse, which was followed by a fourth operation and complications from an infection.

His inauguration, scheduled for January 10, was postponed.

Chavez has led OPEC-member Venezuela for 14 years and has built good relations with U.S. adversaries such as Iran and Syria.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP, and dpa