Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (Right) shakes hands with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro upon his return to Venezuela, in Havana May 11. ( Image: REUTERS )
President Chavez addressed the nation after flying back from Havana where he has completed six rounds of radiation therapy.
With Venezuelans watching on live TV for any sign of his condition, Chavez walked with relative ease from his plane, hugged ministers, inspected a military guard and improvised a song at the end of a 20-minute speech.
'I can tell you that in the last few days we successfully completed the radiation cycle, as planned by the medical team. I come with great optimism that this treatment will have the effects we hope for, always asking God to help us and give us the miracle of life to keep serving,' Chavez said in a strong voice.