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Venezuela mourns death of President Chavez

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-03-06

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday following a prolonged battle with cancer, leaving behind a country in political uncertainty. Chavez had named Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his successor but the constitution calls for a snap election.

  • Hugo Chavez served as Venezuela’s outspoken leader for 14 years and his death has thrown the country into political uncertainty. Venezuela has declared seven days of national mourning.
  • While Chavez hand picked Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his chosen successor, the country’s constitution stipulates that presidential elections must be called within 30 days. Maduro will act as interim leader until a vote can be held.
  • World leaders reacted quickly to the news of Chavez’s death. Cuba, a close ally of Venezuela's, described Chavez as the “true son” of Fidel Castro and declared three days of mourning. US President Barack Obama offered his support to Venezuelans during this “challenging time”.
  • The capital Caracas remained largely calm overnight and early on Wednesday following Maduro’s emotional announcement Tuesday night that Chavez had died. Thousands of mourners gathered outside the Caracas military hospital where Chavez had been treated following the announcement of his death.
     

 

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Date created : 2013-03-06

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