PM Douglas: Hugo Chavez, a true advocate of the indigent and the voiceless

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas (right) with late President of Venezuela, His Excellency Hugo Chavez. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 6TH 2013 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says it is not only the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela who now mourn the death of President Hugo Chavez, but the region and the world who have lost a great statesman, “and will cherish the boldness with which he championed the causes of the poor.”

“Indeed, the impact of his social programmes has been felt not only in his own country, but has had a tremendous effect throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has been a recipient of Hugo’s altruism, beneficence and generosity, evidenced through the Milagro Misión and the Petrocaribe Initiative,” said Prime Minister Douglas in a message of sympathy to Vice President, His Excellency Nicolás Maduro.

“We have lost a true advocate of the indigent and the voiceless, a Patriot, who was passionate about his country’s development and laboured tirelessly for the good of the masses in Venezuela.

I reiterate our steadfast commitment to our common values and ideals even as we share in your immense loss at this time,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

“It is with a deep sense of sorrow that I extend sincerest condolences on the passing of our esteemed Comrade Hugo to his dear family, the Government and all the beloved people of your good country. We know the long battle President Chavez endured and we shall remember his resilience and fortitude through it all,” said Prime Minister, whose expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of St Kitts and Nevis.

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