CARACAS -- Venezuela President Hugo Chavez arrived back in Caracas in the early hours of the morning Friday, according to an edited video released two hours later by Venezuelan state television, but not carried live at the time on the network.
Chávez arrived back from Cuba, where he had travelled on November 27 after requesting permission from the National Assembly to go for "Hyperbaric Oxygenation" for the strengthening of his health.
After descending the stairs of the plane, Chavez, accompanied by his daughter Maria, was received by Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, women Ministers Carmen Meléndez and Yadira Córdova, and the Minister of Communication and Information, Ernesto Villegas, as well as the President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello.
Chavez, in a sort of date stamp, recalled that yesterday, December 6, marked 14 years of the start of the Bolivarian revolution. He said that victory would be echoed in Venezuela's December 16 governor elections.
This was Chavez's first public and television appearance in 22 days. He was last seen on Venezuela state television on November 15.