CARACAS - President Hugo Chavez's signature "Alo Presidente" TV show returned to Venezuelan screens on Sunday in the latest milestone of his recovery from cancer at the start of an election year.
The 57-year-old has been on television a lot in recent weeks, looking stronger and boasting a new head of hair as he hosted regional leaders in Caracas last month then made his first official foreign trip since having surgery last June.
But the formal relaunch of the program ("Hello President") - often hours-long folksy monologues that the socialist leader uses to tell stories, croon songs, announce the nationalization of companies and bait foes - will cheer his supporters ahead of the Oct. 7 vote.
"Here we are in Alo Presidente! ... we have to coordinate a bit better," Chavez said after technical problems caused the audio to be cut for a few minutes at the start of the show.
The program is shown live on state media and is often broadcast from different locations around the country. Sunday's show was transmitted from the giant Petromonagas oil facility.
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