Cuba Solidarity Campaign statement on the death of President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign was saddened to hear of the death of President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday 5 March, following a long fight against cancer. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family, friends, comrades and the Venezuelan people who have lost a great leader who gave his life to the cause of…

Congressman José Enrique Serrano, Democratic Party, USA on Chavez

“President Chávez was a controversial leader. But at his core he was a man who came from very little and used his unique talents and gifts to try to lift up the people and the communities that reflected his impoverished roots. He believed that the government of the country should be used to empower the…

Gerry Adams Extends Condolences on death of President Chavez

  Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has extended his condolences to Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro, to the people and government of Venezuela and to the family of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who died this evening in Caracas. Mr. Adams said: “I learned tonight with sadness of the death of President Hugo Chávez. On…

EU’s Herman Van Rompuy & Jose Manuel Barroso on Chavez

European Union head Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday hailed Venezuela’s “stand-out” social development policies, as he sent his condolences following the announcement of the death of President Hugo Chavez. “Venezuela has stood out for its social development and for its contribution to South America’s regional integration,” Van Rompuy said in a joint statement with European…

Dominica declares National State of Mourning for Chavez

ROSEAU, Dominica, Tuesday March 5,2013 – The Dominica government Tuesday night declared a national state of mourning in honour of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who died earlier following a long battle with cancer. In an emotional address to the nation, Prime Minster Roosevelt Skerrit, who described Chavez as a personal friend “who held my hand…

Unite stands shoulder to shoulder with Venezuela following Chavez’s death

Hugo Chavez was a massive inspiration to those fighting for social justice and standing up against grinding poverty and social exclusion, the leader of Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said today (6 March). Responding to the death of the Venezuelan president, Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary said: “The executive of Unite, the biggest union…

Venezuelan Constitution Clear that Vice President Maduro Should Be Interim President

Despite some media coverage to the contrary, the Venezuelan Constitution (233) clearly says: “When the President of the Republic becomes permanently unavailable to serve during the first four years of this constitutional term of office, a new election by universal suffrage and direct ballot shall be held within 30 consecutive days. Pending election and inauguration…

Twitter Tributes to President Chavez – A Selection

Former US Pres Carter says Mr #Chavez “will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy & independence for Latin American governments”. Jon Snow ?@jonsnowC4 1) Whatever you think of Chavez, Latin America is far more its own continent today thanks to Lula, Chavez, and others.. 2)When I started working in Latin America the US…

Statement on Hugo Chavez by VSC Secretary Francisco Dominguez

Following the death of President Hugo Chavez, VSC Secretary Dr Francisco Dominguez said: “Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, President of Venezuela, died on March 5th at 4:25 hrs (local time) after a long and hard battle against cancer. He was 58 years old.   He led the progressive transformation of Venezuela by lifting millions of its…

Pharmacy Sale Prices to be Regulated

Measures were announced this week to curb one of the most despicable examples of exploitation generated by neo-liberalism: over-pricing in the pharmaceutical sector. Meetings were held between the heads of the private sector pharmaceutical enterprises, the State-run FarmaPatria pharmacy chain, and the National Superintendence of Prices and Costs (Sundecop) to explain a new system of…