|The Bolivarian hurricane is back, Chavez says||
"I'm in the street again, thank God, after everything that's happened in the last year. It's a miracle!" Chavez said in an address to tens of thousands of supporters in the eastern city of Barcelona on Thursday night, Reuters reported.
Chavez, who had undergone cancer treatment in Cuba, was addressing the first of a series of planned election rallies across the nation.
"The Bolivarian hurricane is back!" Chavez roared, referring to his concept of Bolivarianism, a leftist movement founded to establish popular democracy, economic independence, equitable distribution of revenues, and an end to political corruption in Latin America.
On March 16, Chavez returned home almost three weeks after he underwent an operation in Cuba to have a lesion containing cancerous cells removed, Press TV reported.
Surgeons at Havana's Cimeq Hospital operated on the 57-year-old socialist leader for 90 minutes on February 27.
He had been diagnosed with a two-centimeter-long lesion in the same part of his body from which a cancerous tumor was removed in 2011.
The Venezuelan leader, who came to power in 1999, is seeking another six-year term in the upcoming presidential election, which will be held on October 7, 2012.
On Friday, Chavez said that Venezuela poses no threat to anyone, including the United States, which considers the Bolivarian Republic a hostile state.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama is "simply naive" if he thinks Chavez does not pose a threat to the U.S. and accused Obama of playing down the risk posed by the socialist leader.
"The Venezuela of today is no threat to anyone," Chavez said on Friday during an interview with a local Venezuelan television station.
“It has all been a hoax by the imperialists and global far right: that uranium is being enriched in Venezuela, that we're setting up missiles here, that we're supporting terrorism.”
Whenever there were efforts to improve relations between Washington and Caracas, Chavez said, they were criticized by powerful “snipers” who issued threats in the U.S. media.
Late last year Obama told a Venezuelan newspaper the United States had no intention of intervening in Venezuela's foreign relations - but he believed the government's ties with Iran and Cuba had not benefited the Venezuelan people.
With both Chavez and Obama running for re-election this year, Chavez struck a conciliatory tone, saying the latest comments by his U.S. counterpart needed to seen in context.
“Obama is campaigning. He's a candidate. I hope the real revolutionaries understand well. I think that Barack Obama - aside from 'the president' - is a good guy,” he said.
(Source: Press TV)
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