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Chavez surprises with plan to return to get chemotherapy in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Friday that he will return to Cuba to begin a new phase of cancer treatment that will include chemotherapy.

Chavez said he would go to Havana on Saturday “to begin what we’ve called the second phase.”

He said he was sending a letter to the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Fernando Soto Rojas, to seek immediate “legislative authorization” for his trip as required by the constitution. It was not clear how long Chavez planned to remain in Cuba.