AFP IS CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who has lost his lengthy battle with cancer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures during a demonstration in Caracas 23 August 2003, celebrating his second three-year government. Chavez passed away on March 5, 2013 in Caracas after a long fight with cancer, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced.
His death has silenced a leading voice of the Latin American left and plunged his oil-rich nation into an uncertain future.
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