After a 10-week absence that included missing his own inauguration, Hugo Chavez is back in Venezuela but out of sight and still in hospital.

While the ailing president’s supporters pray for his recovery, a teacher gives thanks for what he calls a gift from heaven: the very real possibility that there will be new elections in weeks, not years.

Opponents of the still hugely popular Chavez know that the longer he remains out of sight, the more time they have to prepare for whatever comes next.

Al Jazeera's Latin American editor Lucia Newman explains from Caracas.

Source: Al Jazeera