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article imageVenezuelan president Hugo Chavez dead

By Amanda Payne     Mar 5, 2013 in World
The ailing president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez has died, according to reports from news agencies. As reported earlier by Digital Journal, the President had cancer.
Spanish language newspapers are reporting that Hugo Chavez, who had been operated on four times for cancer, has died in Caracas aged 58.
He had been flown back to Venezuela following further treatment in Cuba. It is believed that he suffered complications following further chemotherapy treatment
The announcement was made on Tuesday March 5 by the country's vice-president Nicolás Maduro, flanked by members of parliament, on television from the military hospital where Chavez died. He asked for respect and that there should be no violence following the announcement. He said that the president had died at 4.25 pm local time.People in Venezuela have flooded into the streets following the announcement
The BBC reports that the vice-president described it as "the hardest and most tragic news. It's a moment of deep pain."
Hugo Chavez had been ill for two years undergoing four operations and various radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments. The type of cancer from which he suffered has not been announced.
Updates:
The Vice-President of Venezuela has ordered troops and police onto the streets to "ensure peace" according to Spanish newspaper, El Pais. The paper also says that the Secretary General of the United Nations has sent condolences to the Chavez family and to the government and country of Venezuela.
The President of Peru, Ollanta Humala has tweeted his response to the death of Chavez saying, in Spanish, "Farewell Commander and friend, Hugo Chavez.. My condolences to the family and to all the people of Venezuela." The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has also taken to Twitter to express his sadness at the death of Hugo Chavez.
Hugo Chavez's daughter has taken to Twitter to thank people for their condolences but also to say " We must continue to follow his example. We must continue to build the country".
US President, Barack Obama has released a statement: "At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government.As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights."
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