On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, after calling a meeting with the political and military leaders of the revolution, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro announced that President Hugo Chávez passed away at 4:25 in the afternoon.
A special deployment of the Bolivarian National Police is expected to guarantee peace and respect for all Venezuelan people.
Maduro said: “In this historic tragedy, we call on men and women to be vigilant for peace and respect for the nation. We civilians and military assume his legacy, his challenges, his project, together with the accompaniment and support of all the people their flags will be raised with dignity. Thank you, a million times thank you.”
YVKE Mundial/ Press- Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ March 5, 2013