'He's back!' Chavez in Venezuela after cancer surgery
Published on Feb 19, 2013 5:54 AM
CARACAS (AFP) - President Hugo Chavez surprised and in many cases delighted Venezuelans by returning home on Monday, albeit to an uncertain future, ending a more than two-month absence in Cuba for cancer treatment.
Even as passionate Chavez supporters took to the streets in noisy celebration, and foreign dignitaries congratulated Mr Chavez and urged him to rest, the next step for the oil-rich country remained unclear.
It was not immediately known when, if at all, Mr Chavez would be sworn in by the Supreme Court to begin the new term he won in elections late last year.
A Supreme Court source said the tribunal is ready and waiting for the go-ahead from Mr Chavez and his medical team. The ceremony does not have to be public, the source said, suggesting it could be done with Chavez lying on his back in a hospital bed.
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