It’s a sad day for Venezuela as it loses its president, Hugo Chavez after a long battle with cancer.
The announcement of his demise was made by Vice President Nicholas Maduro on Tuesday, 5th of March via a national broadcast. Maduro, who was flanked by cabinet ministers was in tears as he broke the news.
“We must unite now more than ever,” he said, calling on Venezuelans to remain peaceful and respectful.
Maduro stated that plans for Chavez’s funeral was in place and would be announced. He didn’t mention when the elections will be held.
“Our people can count on having a government of men and women committed to protecting them,” Maduro said.
The announcement came hours after Maduro met with the country’s top political and military leaders about Chavez’s worsening health condition and suggested someone may have deliberately infected Chavez with cancer.
Chavez first announced his cancer diagnosis in June 2011, but the government never revealed details about his prognosis or specified what kind of cancer he had.
He died nearly three months after his last public appearance. The president was known for his frequent television broadcasts and lengthy speeches.
Shortly before his last trip to Cuba for cancer surgery, Chavez tapped Maduro as his replacement “if something were to happen that would incapacitate me” and called for voters to support him.