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Venezuela's Chavez Declares Himself Cancer-Free

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets supporters as he passes through the town of La Fria, on his way to La Grita, Venezuela, October 20, 2011.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, 57, says he has beaten cancer.

Chavez returned home Thursday after traveling to Cuba for medical testing. He told reporters in La Fria the tests show he is now free of illness.

Chavez spoke before a planned pilgrimage to La Fria's Catholic shrine.

Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic area in June followed by chemotherapy treatments.

The type of cancer he suffered from has not been made public, but the socialist leader has vowed to be well enough to win another six-year term next year.

President Chavez has been in power since 1999.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.