"I'll live", Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has tweeted from Cuba where he underwent a surgery last Monday for a suspected recurrence of cancer.
In a series of upbeat tweets to his followers on micro-blogging site 'Twitter', the 57-year-old Venezuelan President, who is still being treated at a hospital in Havana, said: "I'm recovering. I'll be back in Venezuela and will live."
Chavez, in fact, underwent the surgery to remove a lesion from his pelvic region. However, there has been no official word on whether the lesion was cancerous.
The Cuban media had on Friday released the first images of Chavez since he underwent an operation for a suspected recurrence of cancer. In the pictures, which officials say were taken in the hospital where he had surgery, Chavez is shown smiling broadly and walking unaided, the 'BBC' reported.
In a phone call to Venezuelan television, he thanked the "love from the people", and said he's recovering well.
"I cannot neglect my recuperation treatment for even a minute. I continue recovering, thanks to Venezuela's support, the Cuban people, the doctors here in Cuba, to the love from the people that fills me. I'm taking flight, raising the fatherland of future," he said in the broadcast phone call.
The exact nature and extent of Chavez's illness has never been made public. He has had surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy in Cuba last year after a baseball-sized growth was detected in his pelvic region.