Venezuela's Chavez Returns Home After Cancer Treatment

NPR | Feb. 18, 2013 2:53 p.m.

President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to Venezuela on Monday after more than two months of cancer treatment in Cuba. He immediately was taken to a military hospital and has not been seen publicly. He reportedly had a tracheotomy while in Cuba and thus cannot speak, but pictures of him with his daughters last week showed him smiling. Venezuela has been in a leadership vacuum in his absence. Melissa Block speaks with NPR’s Juan Forero for the latest on Chavez’ ability to rule, and how Venezuelans are reacting.


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