Ban Ki Moon conveys condolences to Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday in Caracas, almost three months after his fourth surgery
"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.
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.