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.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.