Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez exercising as part of his rehabilitation process prior to returning to Cuba for further treatment
The decision to return to Havana contradicts recent media reports that he would be treated in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff had offered Chavez help with his cancer treatment, which he appreciated and said he would consider. But finally, the Venezuelan head of state decided to return to Cuba, where he underwent surgery twice: first on June 10 to remove a pelvic abscess and on June 20 to remove a tumour.
Chavez requested permission from the Venezuelan Parliament to be out of the country in a letter addressed to Parliament president Fernando Soto Rojas, in which he explained that he must now continue to meet the medical plan designed by his team of doctors, and this fact “leads me to request once again your supportive mediation at the plenary session of parliament so that according to what is stipulated by the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (…) I can be granted legislative authorization to be out of national territory as of Saturday, July 16 to keep with the necessary treatment in Havana, Cuba for my full health recovery.”