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.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."