July 4 - Chavez told supporters he had to submit to ''strict'' medical treatment but would win the battle to regain his health. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez made a triumphant appearance on the balcony of his presidential palace on Monday, waving a flag and smiling at delirious supporters who feted his return after cancer treatment in Cuba. Thousands gathered opposite the white-painted Miraflores palace, cheering, waving banners and sporting the red colors of the 56-year-old socialist leader's ruling party. He told the crowd he had to submit to "strict" medical treatment but would win the battle to regain his health after an operation in Cuba for a cancerous tumor .