‘‘The country has grown used to his prolonged disappearances,’’ Venezuelan journalist Argelia Rios said in a column before Chavez’s return that was published Friday in the newspaper El Universal. ‘‘What’s striking ... isn’t the absence of the head of state, but rather the lack of interest surrounding his lengthy retreat.’’
Chavez’s opponents have called for him to be more forthcoming about his condition and release a full medical report.
Associated Press writers Marco Sibaja in Brasilia and Fabiola Sanchez in Caracas and AP freelance video journalist Ricardo Nunes in Caracas contributed to this report.
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