Reaction from around the world to the death of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, has been swift.
US President Barack Obama, in a statement, called Chavez’s passing as a “challenging time” for Venezuela.
“The United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government,” Obama said. “As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.”
Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary-general, said he is “conveying condolence” to the Venezuelan president’s “family and the people of Venezuela”, according to Al Jazeera.
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, also issued as statement describing Chavez’s death as a “tragedy”.
“He was a great politician for his country and for the world as a whole,” he said.
Chavez died on Tuesday afternoon after a two-year battle with cancer.