President Chávez arrives in Venezuela from Cuba
About 2:30 am, President Hugo Chávez arrived in Venezuela from Cuba, and told reporters that he was "happy" for his return, state-run television channel VTV reported
He said he was "happy" for his return. Referring to the regional elections to be held next December 16, he declared, "We are eight days ahead of the upcoming victory."
"Look at this, Nicolás (Maduro, the Venezuelan Executive Vice-President and Foreign Affairs Minister), we are pulling off one victory after the other."
"This is the flip of victory. We are the descendants of those who used to be defeated," he said.
Chávez was greeted at the Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, in coastal Vargas state, by his Executive Cabinet, including Vice-President and Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello and Higher Education Minister Yadira Córdova.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.