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Venezuela VP optimistic Chavez will soon return

CARACAS — Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday he is optimistic that Hugo Chavez will soon return to Venezuela after cancer-related surgery in Cuba.

Maduro said that he and other government officials ‘‘are always optimistic that we are going to have the president here with us sooner rather than later,’’ but he did not provide any more details about the possibility of Chavez’s return during a televised interview.

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