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Mar 6, 2013

Venezuela programs are Chavez’s living legacy

Tribute has been flowing from many countries including Belize to honor the late president. The opposition issued a statement today and since Prime Minister Dean Barrow is out of the country, Acting Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega has communicated with acting President Nicholas Maduro to convey the condolences from Belize. Vega referred to Chavez as a true statesman and a true friend of Belize among the reasons why Belizeans join Venezuela in its time of mourning. It is under his leadership that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was established in Caracas, Venezuela, in December of 2011.   News Five spoke to Venezuela’s Chargé d’Affaires about the future of the programs that Belize has enjoyed during Chavez’s term in office.


Gabriel Sanchez, Chargé d’Affaires, Venezuelan Embassy

“Belize has received a lot of assistance from Venezuela through Petrocaribe; even indirectly through ALBA [and] also from Mission Miracle. We have operated more than seven hundred people and we have diagnosed more than four thousand people in just three years. Petrocaribe has sent a lot of gasoline to Belize since 2005 and which was reactivated in 2012. You receive four thousand gallons of gasoline per day in order to help people develop their country. There are a lot of things to say about President Chavez, but I will say that his humbleness and his passion for the poor is what made him the most extraordinary leader that we have ever had.”


Jose Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez

“In terms of the programs for the people of Venezuela and those that affect Latin America like Petrocaribe and Mission Miracle, what’s the future of those programs now that he has passed? Will it affect it?”


Gabriel Sanchez

“Regarding the future of those programs, as I’ve said before, we are the sons and daughters of President Chavez. It is that legacy, it is our moral commitment and our political, economic—whatever you want to call it—but it is our commitment to continue and honor those programs. The idea is for that vision to continue and consolidate the project evolution. Now it is our responsibility to continue.”


Francis Fonseca, Leader of Opposition

“Our party put out a release, a brief release, earlier today sent out to the media which outlines our obvious great respect for the life of the late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. As you said he was, and up until the time of his death, remained a good friend to the people of Belize and we certainly in the People’s United Party mourns his losing. And we are in great sympathy with the good people of Venezuela at this time of loss and mourning.”


A number of regional leaders have confirmed that they will attend Chavez’s funeral on Friday, but it is not known if government will send a delegation.

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4 Responses for “Venezuela programs are Chavez’s living legacy”

  1. issues says:

    Hasta la victoria siempre! Viva Chaves,

  2. Liberty & Freedom says:

    Yes, good friend of the UDP. Chavez lined the pockets of the top UDP leaders. As Swartzenagger said “Hasta La Vista, Baby”. End of another Communist dictator!!!!!

  3. Storm says:

    Liberty and Freedom siempre!

  4. Seletar says:

    Whose cars are getting that free Bolivarian gasoline? Not mine, probably not yours.

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