Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez takes his cap off during a welcoming ceremony for Bolivian President Evo Morales at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reappeared on television a week and a half after returning from cancer treatment in Cuba.
Chavez led a televised Cabinet meeting, seated at a table with aides Tuesday. He expressed optimism about his re-election bid in the Oct. 7 vote and said he plans to formally sign up as a candidate as required early next month.
Chavez returned from Cuba on May 11 after cancer treatment, saying his latest round of radiation therapy was successful. His appearance on television Tuesday was his first since his arrival.
He didn't offer details about his health but said he soon hopes to be able to go out in Caracas to inspect some of the public housing being built by his government.