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STATEMENT: President Obama Reacts to Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

President Obama issued the following statement following the announcement of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death.

"At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. 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."

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