Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dies aged 58
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died this afternoon at 16:25 local time, Minister said. "Chávez left us as heritage a free and independent country. We've got to grow out of this pain. Discipline and brothership"((es)), he said on television national chain.
Chávez had not been seen in public since December, and in February he was brought from Cuba to Venezuela, to be admitted at the Hospital Militar in Caracas. Information Minister recently said Chávez was suffering from a new infection that was affecting his breathing, and was undergoing "intensive chemotherapy."
Hugo Chávez announced he had cancer in June 2011. He was re-elected president of Venezuela in October 2012 for another term of six years; his swearing-in, however, was delayed because of his illness.
"Don't let there be violence nor hate, but love, peace, unity and discipline. Unity, fight, and victory, with the people's unity and the ((es)), Maduro said after announcing Chávez's death."
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