ByÂ Girish Gupta, Christian Science Monitor
â€œTHEY ROBBEDÂ US OF THE VICTORY GOAL!â€ screamedÂ Venezuelan President Hugo ChÃ¡vezâ€™sTwitter account on Thursday morning, asÂ Venezuela were knocked out of theÂ Copa America after unexpectedly making the semi-finals.
As Mr. ChÃ¡vez underwent his first phase of chemotherapy last week, he appeared to be keen to ensure that Venezuelans knew he was in charge â€“ and eccentric statements like that are hisÂ modus operandi.
The firebrand socialist seems to have learned from the mistakes of last month, as an uncharacteristic three-week silence sparked speculation, compounded by his own ministers whose statements were confused and contradictory.
Their ubiquitous leader was missed and, thankfully for him, no one was able to fill the vacuum. This time around, there would be no vacuum to fill. â€œDuring the course of this week I have not lost focus on Venezuela for an instant,â€ ChÃ¡vez said as he arrived back inCaracas on Saturday night.
His primary method of keeping up that appearance is Twitter. The maverick leader posted more than 50 times during his week away as he underwent medical treatment, spurring on the countryâ€™s soccer team, making budget statements, and alluding to his â€œgreat battle,â€ but without being specific as to why he was getting treatment.
ChÃ¡vez is the face of government, and his public relations skills are second to none. Supporters hardly talk of their love for the party but, rather, their unflinching love for ChÃ¡vez, the man. That fire has been kept burning for more than a decade by ChÃ¡vezâ€™s ubiquity on television, radio, and the streets of Caracas.
And so the night before the 228th anniversary of the birth of Latin American independence heroÂ SimÃ³n BolÃvar â€“ the man that ChÃ¡vez has sharply focused his Bolivarian revolution on â€“ ChÃ¡vez arrived back in town, ready to pose for pictures outside the Liberatorâ€™s house the following morning.
â€œDay of the fatherland, of the sublime birth!â€ read the Twitter account. â€œSing for the eternal SimÃ³n BolÃvar!â€
Statements like this divide the already volatile and polarized political scene in Venezuela. But for ChÃ¡vezâ€™s supporters, they give evidence that he is one of them, a man with concerns similar to their own about the subjects that matter to them. His methods enrage the opposition who see them as more hot air from the man in charge of their government.
ChÃ¡vez appears healthy back in Caracas, though with another phase of chemotherapy coming up, the days and weeks before will likely be filled with images of a healthy and successful leader, ready to win the other â€œgreat battleâ€ before him â€“ presidential elections in 2012.
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