A firm hug!
Fidel Castro Ruz
On arrival, Venezuelan Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas said reports about his recovery were true. Media scoundrels claimed otherwise.
On state television, Villegas said "He's back. He's back. He's back. The ominous voices are defeated. Those who were calling into question the information emitted by the national government with respect to Chavez's health" were wrong.- Advertisement -
"A terrible machinery was activated to delegitimize, to call into question all of the information that was being given, including by echoing the most atrocious" lies.
Chavez "ordered all times the country was (to be kept) informed on the progress of his treatment." Thirty official updates were provided. They were done so accurately. Chavez wanted it that way.
Vice President Nicolas stood in for him in his absence. He called on Venezuelans to celebrate his return. They need no prompting to do so. They often rally supportively.
During his convalescent period, various reports pronounced him dead or dying. On February 15, photos were released for the first time.
They showed him smiling with his daughters. He was reading Cuba's official newspaper, Granma.