03/06/13 - Voice of America - World Leaders Express Sorrow Over Chavez
The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has inspired many tributes
and expressions of hope for the Venezuelan people.
One of Mr. Chavez's closest allies, Bolivian President Evo Morales, said in
a teary speech Tuesday that Chavez will continue to be an inspiration for
people who fight for their liberation. He said "Chavez is more alive than
Another close ally, Cuba, declared two days of mourning with flags flown at
half-staff. A statement from the government said the Cuban people
considered him one of their "most outstanding sons."
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez declared three days of mourning in
Argentina. She is expected to travel to Venezuela for Chavez's funeral, as
is Uruguayan President Jose Mujica.
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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega vowed to to carry on the legacy of
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered his condolences and said he
may attend Friday's funeral. China called Chavez "a great leader and great
friend of the Chinese people."
At the U.N., Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon offered condolences to the
people of Venezuela.
The U.S. Obama administration, often the target of Chavez's criticism, was
cautious in its response, releasing a statement expressing support for the
Venezuelan people and interest in "developing a constructive relationship
with the Venezuelan government."
In the largely Venezuelan community of Doral in the Florida city of Miami,
many people who left Venezuela while Chavez was in power took to the
streets to celebrate his passing. Some expressed hope that the problems
they left behind - crime, corruption, and a poor economy - would finally
begin to improve.
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