TransAfrica was deeply saddened to learn of the death of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela today. After fighting cancer for the last two years, Chavez passed away today at the age of fifty-eight. Chavez was first elected president of Venezuela in 1998 and was serving a six-year term he won in October 2012.
Although he was often reduced to one-dimension by the mainstream media, Hugo Chavez was a dynamic leader who will be remembered for his tremendous contributions to the strengthen the well being of the most disadvantaged. Chavez’s policies had an impact not only on the poor in Venezuela, but with his leadership Venezuela also reached out to help support those most in need beyond its borders.
As TransAfrica President Nicole C. Lee noted today, “Many Venezuelans attribute higher standards of living to President Chavez’s leadership. His regional vision for Latin America was pioneering and his actions made a tremendous positive difference that will be his legacy.”