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Venuzuela unites to mourn 'divisive' Chavez

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Venuzuela unites to mourn 'divisive' Chavez

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News of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has united his supporters and detractors alike.

In life, Chavez was a divisive figure, but in Caracas now there can be no doubt about how people feel.

A state funeral for the 58-year-old, who has succumbed to cancer after a long illness, will be held on Friday. Vice President Nicolas Maduro has declared seven days of national mourning.

“At 4.25 PM on this, the 5th day of March, the Commander-President Hugo Chávez Frías has died after fighting very hard against the illness for almost two years.” he said in a televised address.

Henrique Capriles, the opposition leader who lost out to Chavez in the recent election, said: “The opponents of President Hugo Chavez were never enemies. This is a message of respect and solidarity.”