CARACAS, Tuesday March 05, 2013 | Update
HUGO CHÁVEZ 1954-2013

Ban Ki Moon conveys condolences to Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday in Caracas, almost three months after his fourth surgery

President Chávez holds the Constitution (File photo: AFP)
Tuesday March 05, 2013  07:09 PM
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended on Tuesday his "heartfelt condolences" to the Venezuelan people and government upon learning from the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

"This is the first news I have and while I will make a formal statement later, I would like to convey my heartfelt condolences to President Chávez's family, as well as to the Venezuelan government and people," Ban K-moon told reporters at the UN Headquarters, Efe quoted.

The Venezuelan leader passed away on Tuesday in Caracas, almost three months after undergoing a fourth cancer surgery last December 11 in Havana, Vice-President Nicolás Maduro reported.

"At 16.25 local time (20.55 GMT) of this, March 5, President Commander Hugo Chávez Frías has died," visibly touched vice-president informed during a radio and TV broadcast.
The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."