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A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez cries as she holds a picture of him, as well as a poster of Jesus, during his caravan to the airport in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday Feb. 24, 2012. Chavez bid an emotional goodbye to soldiers and supporters and waved to crowded streets in Caracas on his way to Cuba for urgent surgery to remove a tumor he says is probably malignant. the poster reads in Spanish "I love Chavez." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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.