Venezuela in deep mourning as fiery leader, President Hugo Chavez dies

Venezuela’s controversial President Hugo Chavez failed his long struggling fight against cancer and died on Tuesday in Caracas at age 58, two years, leaving his country with uncertainty.

Vice-President Nicolas Maduro announced Chavez’s death, called on Venezuelans to be “dignified inheritors of the giant man” Chavez was, reports said.

However the exact cause of death was not released, expecting that a folksy, nationalistic styled leader’s death was due to his prolonged illness by cancer.

Mr Chavez one of Latin America’s highest-profile leaders who had 14 years of power since 1998 had been struggling with cancer for more than a year, not being seen in public for several months due to undergone several surgeries in Cuba.

Seven day mourning has been declared in the country until Mr Chavez funeral which will be held on Friday.

Chavez’s illness which failed to prevent him from re-elected for a third term in October 2012, but succeed to left him out for taking the oath of office and the move forward towards the President of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, to take over as interim president in the event of his death.

It has been said that Nicolas Maduro would also be the candidate of the governing United Socialist Party (PSUV) until an election took place within 30 days.

The barrel-chested leader and self-styled “subversive,” was the most attractive and loyal among the poor with his government social programs and his socialist ideals that made the former paratrooper turned socialist leader a hero.

Depth with pain, the people of Venezuela as well as the whole world has mourned the death of their fiery populist leader, shouted with “Long live Chavez”.

Chavez had play revolutionary role by using country’s oil riches to fund popular housing, health, food and education programs, which increased his opposition rivals those now set their target against Maduro in a snap election.


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