Chavez Returns to Venezuela After Cancer Treatment

May 12, 2012 Updated: May 14, 2012

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez came home Friday after more than a week of cancer treatment in Cuba.

In an energetic press conference in Caracas upon landing, Chavez said that his treatment had been successful.

“I can tell you that in the last few days we successfully completed the radiation cycle, as planned by the medical team,” he said, according to Reuters. “I come with great optimism that this treatment will have the effects we hope for.”

Chavez has so far undergone two operations for cancer, in June 2011 and February this year, and rounds of treatment in March and late April.

He has yet to disclose the exact nature of his cancer and has stressed it would not prevent him from continuing with his re-election bid in a presidential vote scheduled for October.

Chavez, in a speech flanked by dozens of soldiers holding assault rifles, accused political opponents of leading a campaign against him saying that he is undermining democracy, The Associated Press reported.

He also accused opposition groups of trying to plot violent political unrest ahead of the vote, according to the news agency.