President Chávez arrives in Venezuela
The Venezuelan president stayed for 21 days in Havana, where he underwent surgery on 26 February to remove a new tumor at the same site where on June last year he was removed a cancerous tumor from the pelvic area
Following a 21-day stay in Havana, Cuba, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez arrived on March 16 at 8:00 p.m. in the Simón Bolívar International Airport, in Maiquetía, coastal Vargas state.
At 8:11 pm Chávez got off the presidential airplane, accompanied by his mother mother, Elena Frías de Chávez, and his daughters Rosa Virginia and María Gabriela. He was welcomed by Vice President Elías Jaua, Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro and Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello.
After he was paid presidential honors, at 8:20 p.m. Chávez took the floor to greet the Venezuelan people. "This new return, my fellow countrymen, after 21 days of physical absence, has become a prayer to God."
Chávez traveled to Cuba last February 24 to undergo surgery in order to remove a new tumor found at the same site where in June 2011 he was removed a cancerous tumor from the pelvic area.
The Venezuelan president spoke of a new era, which he termed "a new return," during a mandatory radio and television broadcast.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."