Venezuela's Chavez reappears, leads cabinet meeting

May 23, 2012 03:31

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reappeared on Tuesday in a live television broadcast, the first time he has been seen in public view since returning from cancer treatment in Cuba almost two weeks ago.

Chavez spoke in a strong voice and did not appear tired during the broadcast.

Chavez's uncharacteristic disappearances have become longer and more frequent this year. They have fueled speculation his condition has worsened and may complicate a re-election bid in October.

Chavez cracked jokes with government ministers during Tuesday's broadcast and reiterated his plans to register his candidacy for an October 7 election next month as set out by the country's electoral commission.

"The defeat that we're going to deal to the opposition will be unprecedented," Chavez said on the broadcast.

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