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First photos of Chavez in Cuba post-surgery appear

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A convalescing Hugo Chavez appears smiling and talking with Cuba's Fidel Castro in the first pictures of the Venezuelan president released since his tumor surgery in Havana.

One of the photographs released by Cuban state media shows Chavez in a track suit sitting across from Castro. They are in front of a Venezuelan flag and a painting of South American liberator Simon Bolivar.

Another shows Chavez wearing a red, blue and black jumpsuit, walking in a carpeted room without any aid. He is smiling.

The photos reportedly taken inside a Cuban hospital were posted Friday on state website Cubadebate.

Chavez flew to Cuba on Feb. 24 to have a growth removed in the same part of the pelvic region where a larger, malignant tumor was extracted last year.

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