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Hugo Chavez Ends 12-Day Silence After Surgery

Friday, 24 Jun 2011 02:49 PM

June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broke a 12-day silence from Cuba, communicating through his Twitter account for the first time since he called a television station to talk about an operation he had on the island nation.

In a series of messages, Chavez spoke about how today is the anniversary of a key battle in Venezuela’s fight for independence 190 years ago and saluted his “soldiers and beloved people” from his “trench.”

“I’m here with you in this daily slog! Victory always! We are winning! And we will win!!” he wrote in one message.

Since Chavez, 56, underwent surgery for a pelvic abscess on June 10, a lack of official information has raised questions about the true state of his health and triggered debates about whether he should be running South America’s largest oil producer from Cuba.

Chavez last spoke in public on June 12, when he told Telesur television network by phone that he decided to seek treatment in Cuba, the final stop in a tour of allied governments in Latin America, after feeling pain in his abdomen while in Brazil and Ecuador.

Adan Chavez, the Venezuelan leader’s brother, said June 21 that the president would return to Venezuela by July 4, in time to attend celebrations marking 200 years independence from Spanish rule. Chavez is also scheduled to host a Latin American leaders summit on Margarita Island on July 5.

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