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Chavez to return to Venezuela after medical tests

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 12:52

Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is returning to his country on Thursday after undergoing a series of medical tests in Cuba.

A message on Chavez`s Twitter account says he will travel directly to the southwestern town of La Grita to "keep a promise" at a church where there is an image of Christ well known to Venezuelans.

Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez told state television that it would be a visit of "faith, hope and giving thanks" by the President.

Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba in June to remove a cancerous tumour from his pelvic region.

The 57-year-old President has since finished with a series of chemotherapy treatments and says he is confident he will beat the illness.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 12:52

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