The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez, has returned to his country after undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.
He arrived in Venezuela on Monday at 2:30 am, Communication and Information Minister, Ernesto Villegas, said.
As he made his return home, Chavez posted three messages on his Twitter account. “We have arrived again in the Venezuelan Homeland. Thank you, my God! Thank you, my beloved people! We will continue our treatment here,” the first message read.
Chavez thanked Cuba in the second Twitter message. “Thank you, Fidel, Raúl, and Cuba! Thank you Venezuela for so much love!!” it said.
The last of the three messages read: “I still hold on to God and trust in my doctors and nurses. Onward toward victory always!! We will live and overcome!!”
Chavez’s return to Caracas came less than three days after the government released the first photos of the president in more than two months, showing images of him smiling alongside his daughters. The government didn’t release any images of Chavez upon his arrival in Caracas.
“We’re very happy,” Vice President Nicholas Maduro said of Chavez’s return.
He said he had accompanied the president on the trip, along with Chavez’s daughter Rosa, his brother Adan and National Assembly President, Diosdado Cabello.
The Venezuelan leader has nearly 4 million Twitter followers.