Presidents and political leaders of several Latin American countries expressed, to Venezuelan people and its authorities, regret over the death of President Hugo Chavez, who ruled the country for 14 years.
Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, was preparing to travel to Caracas accompanied by members of her cabinet. Several of her ministers greeted with an “until victory” the deceased “commander” Hugo Chavez.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, expressed “deep regret” over the deceased, whom he described as “a historical leader in America,” and gave his condolences to the family of the late ruler and reaffirmed that the struggle for regional integration shall continue.
In Bolivia, President Evo Morales, traveled to Caracas to express his condolences. With tears and his breaking voice said: “We are hurt, we are broken.”
In Cuba, television broadcast was temporarily interrupted on its programming to announce the death of President Chavez by the Vice President Nicolás Maduro, and in mourning, the Drum Festival in Havana was suspended after minutes of its beginning.
In Brasilia, president Dilma Rousseff yesterday attended an event with farmers in which she began her speech lamenting the death of Chavez, and declared that this “saddens all Latin-American people” and will “leave a hole in the heart, in the history and in the struggles “of the region.
In Venezuela, the opposition leader Henrique Capriles, called for unity of all people and conveyed his “solidarity with the whole family and supporters” of President Chavez.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala expressed his “deep sorrow” over the death of the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and sent his condolences to the family and the people of Venezuela. “I want to express our deep sorrow and condolences to the brotherly people of Venezuela and we want to give the family of our Chavez friend, a big hug, our Bolivarian, South American and Latin American solidarity. ”
The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, lamented the death of his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, who attributed him the progress made in the peace process between the government and the FARC. “Thanks to his dedication and tireless commitment, progress has been made in a solid peace process. ”
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, warned about the alleged risk of an “imperialism” attempt to “destabilize the Bolivarian Revolution” after the death of Hugo Chavez, and called for “the most profound solidarity of governments, political and social organizations, and of the people all of the Americas and the world. ”
In Cuba, Argentina and Ecuador were decreed three days of mourning, and in Bolivia, seven.