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Chavez tweets he's homeward bound

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said that he was on his way home from Havana after a week in which he received what was supposed to be his last session of radiation therapy for cancer.

world Updated: May 12, 2012 09:14 IST

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said that he was on his way home from Havana after a week in which he received what was supposed to be his last session of radiation therapy for cancer.

"Already on the plane, on the runway at Jose Marti (International Airport). Bound for the Venezuelan Fatherland! With more optimism than ever! We will live and we will overcome," Chavez wrote on his Twitter account @chavezcandanga on Friday.

Sources in the Venezuelan presidency confirmed that he was on his way back to Venezuela.

Chavez has been in Havana since May 1, an absence that has sent rumors flying about his health.

Interior minister Tareck El Aissami fueled the speculation after saying Tuesday that the Venezuelan President would return in "the coming hours," which then did not happen.

Chavez, 57, has undergone surgery twice in the past year to remove cancerous tumors, and has had chemotherapy followed by radiation treatments to try to rid himself of the cancer.

He has not disclosed the type of cancer he has or the prognosis, which, with presidential elections looming in October, has fueled political uncertainty at home.