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Venezuelans and Latin American Leaders Celebrate President Ch?vez's Return

“The nation advances, it marches towards development and it is full of love for the President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez,” who returned to Venezuela following the completion of the first stage of his recovery in Havana, Cuba, after undergoing surgery last December 11th.  That is what Vice President Nicolás Maduro said after a Ministerial Council meeting held in Miraflores Palace, Caracas.

Meanwhile, a group of revolutionary residents of Caracas held a demonstration in Bolívar Plaza to express their love and joy for President Chávez’s return to the country, following his arrival in Caracas at 2:30 a.m. this past Monday.

Moreover, Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Association, expressed the group’s admiration for President Chávez’s faith in a press release.  “You have returned, as you proposed, to your nation, to your beloved Venezuela.  What joy this brings us, dear Comandante,” Bonafini said.  Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is an association of women who fought for children who were disappeared during Argentina’s dictatorship.

Other leaders throughout the hemisphere, like Argentinean Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, also expressed their opinions on the President’s arrival in Venezuela.  In a local radio interview, Timerman noted that “it is fundamental that Chávez continues to contribute to the unification and deepening of a more united Latin American, presenting a united front to those external factors we must negotiate with.”

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, who won re-election this past weekend, expressed his admiration for the Venezuelan leader’s strength in the face of the challenges he faces.

“Your top priority should be your health and recovering as quickly as possible.  Venezuela, Latin America and your friends need you,” Correa said after dedicating his electoral triumph to Chávez.
Joining in these messages of goodwill was Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, who reaffirmed the Brazilian government’s wishes for President Chávez’s full recovery.  He also said that President Dilma Rousseff was glad that Chávez returned to Venezuela.

Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed similar sentiments.  “Chávez’s arrival in Venezuela is indicative of his strength of spirit.  We hope he recovers soon,” Morales said in a quote tweeted by Bolivia TV.

In Nicaragua there was also joy at the President’s Return.  Rosario Murillo, Coordinator of the Council for Communication and Citizenship, said that “President Chávez is in his country once again, his beloved country, and we feel so much joy at that.”

AVN / Press - Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. / February 19, 2013

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