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Photos of Hugo Chavez shown after 2-month absence

CARACAS — The world got its first glimpse of Hugo Chavez since he underwent a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba more than two months ago, with photos released Friday showing the Venezuelan leader alongside his daughters in Havana.

Along with images of a puffy-faced Chavez came a government explanation for why no one has heard from the longtime president since his surgery: He is breathing through a tracheal tube that makes speech difficult.

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