Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Hundreds of Malawians arrive in Blantyre after wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Reactions to the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" trial

Read more

DEBATE

Judging the Past: Auschwitz 'bookkeeper' goes on trial in Germany (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Judging the Past: Auschwitz 'bookkeeper' goes on trial in Germany (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Al-Shabaab bomb kills 4 unicef workers in Somalia

Read more

ENCORE!

Caitlin Doughty invites us to 'Ask a Mortician'

Read more

FOCUS

Serge and Beate Klarsfeld publish memoirs of Nazi-hunting years

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

'Liberalism is a French tradition', says France's most liberal man

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa prompt regional crisis

Read more

Americas

Chavez returns home after 'successful' radiation therapy

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-05-12

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home from Havana Friday, declaring to local television that his radiation therapy had been successful. He had two surgeries in the past year to remove tumours.

AFP - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home from Havana late Friday, declaring success in his fight against cancer after a week in which he received what was supposed to be his last session of radiation therapy.

"I have to tell you that in recent days we have successfully concluded this course of radiation therapy," the Venezuelan leader told local television upon his arrival at Maiquetia Airport.

Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami had fueled the speculation after saying Tuesday that the Venezuelan president would return in "the coming hours," which then did not happen.

Chavez, 57, has undergone surgery twice in the past year to remove cancerous tumors, and has had chemotherapy followed by radiation treatments to try to rid himself of the cancer.

He has not disclosed the type of cancer he has or the prognosis, which, with presidential elections looming in October, has fueled political uncertainty at home.

Chavez, in power since 1999, is running for reelection as a "revolutionary socialist" against Henrique Capriles, the youthful Miranda state governor and center-left candidate for the united opposition.

Last month, Chavez put his health and political future in the spotlight, begging at a pre-Easter mass: "Please don't take me yet."

"Give me your crown of thorns, Christ, I will bleed; Give me your cross -- 100 crosses -- and I will carry them for you. But give me life, because I still have things to do for my people and my country," Chavez said.

Chavez is the most prominent face of the left in Latin America, and has rallied a group of like-minded leaders as a counterweight to the United States.

Date created : 2012-05-12

  • VENEZUELA

    Chavez flies to Cuba for more cancer surgery

    Read more

  • VENEZUELA

    Venezuela opposition picks Chavez challenger

    Read more

  • VENEZUELA

    Chavez returns to Caracas 'free of cancer'

    Read more

COMMENT(S)