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On Twitter but not on TV: Chavez's unusual weeklong silence raises uncertainty in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ' Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been out of sight for a week, speaking only through Twitter messages and written statements while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.
The lack of any appearances on television has Venezuelans wondering about what his unusual silence might say about his struggle with cancer, and whether Chavez may be coping with a particularly tough phase of radiation therapy.
More than two dozen messages have appeared on Chavez's Twitter account since he left for Cuba on April 14. His messages have cheered on his supporters with messages such as, "Let's continue building socialism!"
But he has not mentioned much about his cancer treatment. National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello reiterated on Friday that Chavez is expected to return to Venezuela next week.