Chavez says leaving Cuba for home

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Posted: Mar 16, 2012 6:00 PM
Chavez says leaving Cuba for home

CARACAS, March 16 - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Friday he was taking off from Cuba to return home after cancer surgery that has left him convalescing in the run-up to an October election in which he is seeking another six-year term.

Although Chavez's return will reassert his leadership of government, questions remain over whether the radiation treatment he needs will leave him fit enough to campaign for what is shaping into the biggest electoral fight of his 13-year rule.

(Editing by Will Dunham)