Caracas: President Hugo Chavez was back in
Venezuela on Friday after completing a fourth and what he says
final round of chemotherapy in Cuba to treat his cancer.
"I feel like I was born again," said Chavez, 57, upon
landing just before midnight Thursday at the Maiquetia airport
Venezuela`s top military brass and several cabinet
ministers were on hand to welcome the president home.
"All the tests that have been carried out have been very
positive .. and we can say that the chemotherapy phase has
ended," Chavez said. "Now we will dedicate ourselves to full
Chavez had a tumor removed on June 20 in Havana, but
officials have provided little information about the type of
cancer afflicting the leftist president. Officials have said
the tumor was removed from his "pelvic area," but have given
no indication of the severity of his condition.
Chavez travelled to Cuba on September 17 for the chemo
treatment accompanied by Bolivian President Evo Morales, who
then flew to New York to speak at the UN General Assembly.
In Havana, state media reported that Chavez met for
five hours with Cuban President Raul Castro and his older
brother, former leader Fidel Castro.
Today`s edition of Cuba`s two leading newspapers, Granma
and Juventud Rebelde, splashed a front-page photo of Raul
Castro in his military uniform bidding farewell to Chavez at
the Havana airport.
Cuba`s communist government is heavily dependent on aid
from Chavez, especially subsidised Venezuelan oil.