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Obama reaffirms support for the Venezuelan people after Chavez's death

"Now that Venezuela opens a new chapter in its history, the United States reaffirms its commitment to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights," said the US president

Obama greets Chávez at the Summit of the Americas (File photo: AP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday March 06, 2013  12:47 AM
US President Barack Obama supports the Venezuelan people as they open a "new chapter" with the death of President Hugo Chávez, the White House said Tuesday.

"The United States reaffirms its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan Government," the official statement read, hours after Caracas evicted two US Embassy military attachés, said AFP.

"In this critical time after the death of President Chávez, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people," said the document.

"Now that Venezuela opens a new chapter in its history, the United States reaffirms its commitment to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights," the communiqué wrapped up.

The death of Chávez, 58, was announced Tuesday a few hours after two military attachés were expelled from Caracas by Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, who accused them of seeking contacts with the armed forces to destabilize the regime.
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Is protest over?

That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending  in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.

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