Chavez calls in, scotches rumors of his death

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he plans to be back home Thursday after finishing his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez takes his cap off during a welcoming ceremony for Bolivian President Evo Morales at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo)

(AP) CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he plans to be back home Thursday after finishing his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba.

Chavez said in a phone call aired live on state television Monday that the radiation therapy treatments are "rough" and that he will need to recover. He says that once he's back in Venezuela, he still plans to return to Cuba for one more round of radiation treatment.

They are Chavez's first remarks on Venezuelan television since he left for Havana on April 14. Since then, he had communicated only through messages on his Twitter account. Rumors had flown that he may have died.

Chavez said Monday that he is working with his foreign minister, his brother Adan and another aide. Chavez says he has been working on a new "socialist" labor law.


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