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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died from cancer on March 5, after 14 years in power. The polarizing politician “was known for his anti-American rhetoric and allied himself with others at odds with the United States,” CNN stated.
From Argentina to Iran, several countries declared days of mourning for the socialist leader. “In Cuba, President Raul Castro’s government declared two days of national mourning and ordered the flag to fly at half-staff,” The Associated Press reported.
Conversely, “Cheering Venezuelans in New York and across the U.S. waved their country’s flag and anxiously voiced hope that change would come to their homeland.”
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles will run against interim President Nicolas Maduro in elections set for April 14.