Hugo Chavez dies after battle with cancer

Hugo Chavez at The Fifth Summit of the Americas 2009 held in Trinidad and Tobago
Hugo Chavez during The Fifth Summit of the Americas 2009 held in T&T

Trinicenter Reporters
March 05, 2013

Vice President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro announced on Venezuela’s television that Hugo Chavez passed away on Tuesday afternoon at around 4:25 p.m. after a two year battle with cancer. He was 58.

Since coming into power 14 years ago, Chavez embarked on a socialistic revolution that saw sweeping changes across Venezuela.

Riding on a wave of popularity from the poorer sections of Venezuelan society, from his inception Chavez quickly moved to challenge U.S. hegemony in the region, criticizing US imperialism, forging a close relationship with Fidel Castro and Cuba and inspiring a leftist movement across Latin American.

Domestically, he challenged the oil rich barons and elites who long dominated the political regimes in Venezuela as he redistributed land to the landless poor.

For his valiant efforts to redress the economic and social imbalances in the face of constant pressure to undermine the socialist revolution from both within and outside Venezuela, we at will remember him always.


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    At the third Summit Africa – South America (ASA),held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 63 countries participated, including Venezuela, which was represented by the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Elías Jaua. He read a letter written by President Hugo Chávez to the ASA members in Malaba. The Venezuelan President highlighted the ties between both continents, “in our continents, enough historic, political and natural resources are found to save the whole planet.”

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  3. PM extends condolences to people of Venezuela

    By Cecily Asson
    March 06, 2013 –

    Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar last night extended her condolences to the loved ones of President Hugo Chavez and also to the people of Venezuela on his passing yesterday. Chavez died at a military hospital in Caracas at 4.25 pm after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

    Persad-Bissessar spoke to journalists shortly after delivering the feature address at the first public consultation on a “Policy on Local Government Transformation and Modernisation” at the auditorium of the San Fernando City Corporation.

    She said: “For the moment I want to say our condolences go out to the family of Hugo Chavez and the people of Venezuela. He has always been a flamboyant and hard working man in his own way. He broke a lot of ground and he worked for his country to the best of his ability.”

    She said many will mourn his passing. Persad-Bissessar said she remembered his warmth when she met him in 2011 at a Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) meeting in Caracas.

    “He was very warm to us and I do feel his loss and I am sure the people of Venezuela mourn him.”

    She said there are those who felt that “he took from the rich to give to the poor” but there are also many in Venezuela who have a “tremendous love for him. The fact that he won the election again shows that his popularity was tremendous.”

    She said she remembered giving him a bottle of holy water from Mount St Benedict, wishing him “good health and even inviting him to come to Trinidad to “bathe” with the water.

    She said TT will be well represented at his funeral.

    Persad-Bissessar said a formal statement will be issued on his passing.,174434.html

  4. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar extends condolences on the passing of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez

    On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, it is with great sadness that I extend deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and to his family on the passing of Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Our prayers accompany them in their time of grief.

    President Chávez will always be remembered for his vision for the future of his beloved country, for his unwavering commitment to reducing poverty among the dispossessed and for his determination to provide a dignified life to the beneficiaries of his populist programmes.

    May his soul rest in peace.

    I was honoured to attend the historic inaugural summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which President Chávez hosted in Caracas in December, 2011. I well recall his receptivity to Trinidad and Tobago’s proposal that the CELAC troika be expanded to a quartet to include a Caribbean voice.

    This year, 2013, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. Venezuela is one of our strongest allies and our relationship remains solid.

    Again, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend our deepest sympathy to the Government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the death of President Hugo Chávez Frías.

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