Chavez Back in Venezuela, Feeling 'Fine'

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home from Cuba early Monday morning, saying he feels "fine" after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.

State television showed the video of Chavez arriving about 2 a.m. local time. The leftist leader looked thin and weak as he stepped off a plane hours before dawn.

"I'm fine. I'm happy," he said. "A perfect landing."

Chavez said he spent "very difficult days" in Cuba, but that his recovery is going well and that this is "the beginning of my return."

Chavez had been in Cuba since June 8. Doctors said he underwent initial surgery to have a pelvic abscess removed on June 11, followed by a second surgery soon after.

Amid speculation of his illness and concern about Venezuela's stability, Chavez announced late last week that he has cancer.

He assured he plans to make a complete recovery. There is no succession plan for who would replace Chavez.

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