Chávez's comeback makes headlines around the world
"Followers celebrate Hugo Chávez's arrival in Venezuela," reads Ecuador's El Comercio
In Colombia, El Tiempo quoted Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski, as saying: "Welcome, Mr. President; may your return give rise to good sense." The notice collects the feeling of Chávez's main challenger in the past election for president. Capriles posted on his twitter account that he hoped that President Chávez's return would be final and help to stop at once the "red" (economic) package.
México's El Universal entitled: "Chávez comes back to Venezuela, where he will continue his treatment." The Mexican daily newspaper highlighted that Chávez returned to Venezuela and was admitted to Caracas Military Hospital. The news cited the twits on the account @chavezcandanga, where the president announced his return to Venezuela.
Argentina's Clarín also posted Chávez's arrival on its website: "Hugo Chávez back to Venezuela." Clarín quoted Vice-President Nicolás Maduro at expressing "absolute happiness" and promising to brief on the president's health status in the next few hours.
Chile's La Tercera newspaper focused on the remarks made by Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas: "Venezuelan government upon Chávez's return to the country: It is defeat for the birds of ill omen." Likewise, La Tercera reported elsewhere on the feeling of happiness aired by Chávez's supporters: "Chávez's followers go out the streets to hail the arrival of the Venezuelan president."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.