Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has Died

DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Venezuelans living in the United States are reacting with cautious optimism that there will be change in their homeland following President Hugo Chavez's death.

   In the Miami suburb of Doral, Venezuelans watched on television as the country's vice president, Nicolas Maduro, announced Chavez had died Tuesday. At a popular restaurant, one person cheered at the news, but the rest watched quietly and refrained from any celebration.

   Doral has the largest concentration of Venezuelans in the U.S. Dora's mayor and police chief prepared a security and contingency plan in the event of Chavez's death. Many Venezuelans are expected to gather at restaurants and meeting spots in Miami, though few people immediately showed up.

   There are nearly 190,000 Venezuelans in the United States. Many are strongly anti-Chavez.


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has lost a two-year bout with cancer. Venezuelans learned on a national broadcast that Chavez died today. Chavez was a fiery socialist popular among the poor for using Venezuela's oil fortune for pay for new public housing, free health clinics and education programs. He campaigned against the U.S. and promoted a leftist revival across Latin America. Chavez was 58.

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