President Hugo Chavez has told the Venezuelan people he will keep going in his fight against cancer.
There had been much speculation that he would spend months in Cuba recovering from two operations, and speaking to a crowd of supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace, Chavez said he still had a long way to go:
“No one should think that with my presence here today, on the 4th of July, means that we’ve won the battle. I know that you all understand, and that you’ll all be the first ones to accompany me towards a definitive victory.”
The public is used to seeing Chavez nearly everyday and his weeks away from Venezuela prompted rumours that he was gravely ill. Politicians were already preparing for life without the country’s most dominating figure.
Though the President managed to address the public for 34 minutes, he added that he would still have to follow ‘strict’ medical treatment.