(posted Feb. 18)- Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo says she is happy that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has returned home after more than two months in Cuba for cancer treatment. In statements to her family-run media outlets, Murillo said Chávez’s return to Venezuela is excellent news.
“How content we feel, since early this morning we have been in communication with our brothers in Venezuela, sharing their happiness, their jubilation and giving thanks to God, all together, for this return, for this recuperation, for this process of restitution of strength, of health, of President Chávez,” Murillo said during her daily monologue broadcast on Sandinista media outlets.
“His strength, in reality, never failed him,” Murillo said. “The strength of a warrior and the strength of victory, thanks to God.”
Murillo likened Chávez’s return to Venezuela to a new beginning.
“And it’s a new day with the blessings of God, with the protection of God and the Virgin, President Chávez is once again in his motherland, his beloved motherland and we feel so happy to know they are so happy, feeling the emotion of his people, the happiness of his people,” Murillo gushed.
Murillo went on to talk some more about God and the Virgin Mary, whom she thanked for Chávez’s “miraculous process of recuperation.” Sandinista priests, union leaders and political analysts echoed Murillo’s statements of jubilation today in government media outlets.
Despite Murillo’s hopeful prognosis, Chávez’s health situation remains unclear. The Venezuelan president was flown into the country secretly under the predawn cover of darkness, then whisked to a new hospital room in Caracas. Since returning home, Chávez, who is reportedly still bed ridden and without voice, has not been seen or photographed in Venezuela.