Mar. 25 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez set to return to Cuba for radiation therapy. Michaela Cabrera reports.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be returning to Cuba to begin radiation treatment for cancer on Sunday, but said he was in good shape and would be back home in a few days. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HUGO CHAVEZ, VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "Tonight, I leave for Havana. I've decided - upon the recommendation of my medical team and also the government's political team - to begin, we're going to begin, radiation therapy treatment to complement the surgery that I had." He said the therapy will take place over four to five weeks. Chavez made a triumphant return to Caracas from Havana a week ago after a third operation in less than a year to remove a malignant tumour from his pelvis. Little is known about how serious his cancer is. His latest departure could worry supporters, and it may fan rumors of a brewing power struggle between his top aides. Though he insists otherwise, the cancer treatment is expected to leave him weaker during his campaign to win a new term in the October presidential election. Michaela Cabrera, Reuters.