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After six-hour cancer treatment surgery in December, Venezuelan President Jgo Chavez has returned home from Cuba earlier than expected.
The leader of the South American OPEC member’s rule has been compromised by his condition and is looking for a transition back into an active role in the country.
Chavez tweeted in Spanish Monday morning, “We have arrived back in the Venezuelan fatherland. Thanks, my God! Thanks, my beloved people! Here we will continue the treatment.”
Hemos llegado de nuevo a la Patria venezolana. Gracias Dios mío!! Gracias Pueblo amado!! Aquí continuaremos el tratamiento.
— Hugo Chávez Frías (@chavezcandanga) February 18, 2013
The homecoming came as a surprise to many who thought Chavez was not well enough yet to make the trip.
Chavez’s cousin Guillermo Frias told Reuters, “It's fabulous news, the best thing possible. Venezuela was waiting for him, everyone wants to see him. Welcome home! Thank God he's back!"
Fireworks when off near Caracas early Monday as people celebrated the president’s return.
Chavez tweeted, “I remain attached to Christ and trusting in my nurses and doctors. Onwards to victory forever! We will live and we will conquer!"
Chavez’s caretakers told Reuters that the leader’s condition remains fragile.