VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT DECLARED HIMSELF FULLY RECOVERED FROM CANCER
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday, July 9 declared himself fully recovered from cancer and ready to return to the streets for his re-election campaign ahead of an October vote, according to Reuters.
"Free, free, totally free," an ebullient Chavez told reporters when asked if he was free of the disease that struck a year ago.
The 57-year-old socialist leader, who has dominated the South American OPEC member since taking power in 1999, was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in the middle of last year.
He wrongly declared himself cured at the end of 2011 and suffered a recurrence of the disease in February.
But after three operations in a year and repeated cycles of treatment in Cuba and Venezuela, Chavez is once again declaring himself fully fit at a crucial time when his health is the main wild card before the October 7 presidential vote.
Despite his optimism, doctors say it is impossible to be sure someone is completely cured of cancer until at least a couple of years have passed since the last recurrence.
At a more than four-hour news conference that offered more evidence of Chavez's increasing energy levels, he promised to begin campaigning on the streets with a series of caravans around the nation from Thursday.
"Now is when I'm stepping into the action. Our offensive begins right now!" Chavez said.
- 1402 Tamerlane defeats Sultan Bayazet and makes him a slave.
- 1841 The Armenian quarter of Smyrna is set on fire by Turks.
- 1855 Stepan Voskanian publishes the semi-annual "East" review in Paris (it folds in 1856).
- 1921 The Bolsheviks occupy Mountainous Armenia, the last fort of Armenian resistance.
- 1936 Opening of Yerevan's carbide factory.
- 1957 Creation of the Chemical Research Institute (National Economic Council of the Armenian SSR).