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.
According to inner surveys performed by the Venezuelan Association of Metallurgical and Mining Industries (AIMM), where 160 metallurgic companies were taken into consideration, 90% of the companies members of this association are "distressed because of their existence or survival in the short term," stated Manuel Eseverri, president of this association.