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A person holds a flower during a mass in support of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez next to an image of him that reads in Spanish "The life" in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday March, 1, 2012. Doctors successfully extracted a tumor from Chavez's pelvic region and he was stable and recovering in Cuba on Tuesday with family at his side, Venezuela's Vice President Elias Jaua said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Venezuelan leader returning to Cuba for treatment

The 57-year-old leftist president, in office since 1999, has vowed to overcome cancer to win another six-year term in the Oct. 7 election.