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Brother of Chavez says Venezuela leader expected to return home from Cuba in 'coming days'

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    Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro, left, and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello greet the media as they arrive to the Supreme Court for a special session marking the start of the judicial year in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Maduro said Sunday he's optimistic that President Hugo Chavez will soon return to Venezuela following cancer-related surgery in Cuba. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (The Associated Press)

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    Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro listens a speech by Luisa Estella Morales, president of Supreme Court, during a special session marking the start of the judicial year in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Maduro said Sunday he's optimistic that President Hugo Chavez will soon return to Venezuela following cancer-related surgery in Cuba. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (The Associated Press)

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    Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro, left, and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello greet the media as they arrive to the Supreme Court for a special session marking the start of the judicial year in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Maduro said Sunday he's optimistic that President Hugo Chavez will soon return to Venezuela following cancer-related surgery in Cuba. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) (The Associated Press)

One of Hugo Chavez's brothers says the Venezuelan president is expected to return home from Cuba in the coming days as he continues to recover nearly six weeks after undergoing cancer surgery.

Argenis Chavez is one of the president's five brothers and the president of the National Electric Corporation.

He tells The Associated Press that the president continues to recover. He said after an event Monday at the Supreme Court that the decision about when Chavez returns is up to his medical team but that he is expected to return to Venezuela in the "coming days."

The president hasn't been seen or spoken publicly since he left for Cuba on Dec. 10 for his fourth cancer-related operation.