Venezuela’s Chavez reappears on Twitter from Cuba

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo  Chavez, not seen in public for two weeks, ended his unusual  silence with several Twitter messages yesterday, but said  nothing about his health after an operation in Cuba.

The reemergence of the loquacious leader on the social  networking site will do little to squash speculation that his  prolonged absence means he may be seriously ill.    Marking a public holiday that celebrates a key military  victory over Spanish colonial forces in 1821, Chavez  congratulated the armed forces and saluted all Venezuelans.

“Today is my army’s day and the sun rose brilliantly! A  huge hug to my soldiers and to my beloved people,” he wrote  from his Twitter account, @chavezcandanga.

“From here, I am with you in the hard work every day.  Towards victory always! We are winning! We will win!”

Venezuela’s defense minister said on Thursday that the  president was stronger than ever but would not rush home until  he was ready.

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