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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signing the condolence book at the Venezuelan Embassy. (C. Pitt/BGIS)

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signed the condolence book in remembrance of late Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, whom he hailed as a man of the people.????

During the signing at the Venezuelan Embassy, Hastings, Christ Church, yesterday, the Prime Minister described President Chavez as a friend of the Caribbean and an eloquent voice that advocated the need for Inter-American solidarity.

He said the late President was the voice of the poor and added: "His voice, though stilled, will be missed and I want to extend condolences to the people of Venezuela."

Mr. Stuart further stated: "I feel their sense of loss and even though his passing will take some time to recede in people’s consciousness, the causes which he fought for will long out live him."

In turn, Venezuelan Ambassador to Barbados, Jos?? G??mez Febres, described the late President as one who was passionate about nations working together to achieve a brighter future for all.

The Ambassador thanked Prime Minister Stuart and all Barbadians for their expressions of sympathy during his country’s period of mourning.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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