After the death of President Hugo Chavez Frias, the press around the world devoted its space to honor the memory of the “Commander“. However, the major Venezuelan newspapers criticized the chavista government when reviewing his death yesterday, at age 58, after nearly two years of fighting cancer and after 14 years in power.
- El Universal Newspaper: “New era without Chavez begins”, under a picture of the governor, said the president of Venezuela, for 14 years, “joins history” and “everything indicates that a cycle closes and ends the extremely personal issue of the so-called Bolivarian revolution “, which, due to its polarizing, sectarian and aggressive style with his opponents,”divided the country in almost two main sectors: the plain Chavez movement, and the democratic opposition. “
- El Nacional Newspaper: “During the past 20 years, Hugo Chavez became the center of politics and of Venezuelan history. His lust for power first tested the way of weapons “(…)” He dominated all branches of government, imposed term limits, enjoyed the highest oil prices, personalized power so that after three decades of Bolivarian revolution leaves a State, whose structures are built in his image and likeness.”
- TalCual Newspaper: “Hugo Chavez died.” Admitted on its cover that those working in the media, dissented “frontly and radically of his government, unequivocally.” Also dedicated condolences to the deceased president’s family, colleagues and supporters, especially to “the millions of Venezuelans who followed him politically and sparked a rare emotional intensity.”
El Correo del Orinoco (ruling newspaper), did not published a picture of Hugo Chavez in its front page.