Venezuelan opposition party mourns late ex-president

13:18, December 27, 2010      

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Venezuela's opposition Democratic Action party will hold a series of events to pay homage to the country's former president and party member Carlos Andres Perez who died on Saturday.

Lectures and other events to honor the former president are being prepared by the Democratic Action's 335 municipal branches, and a national event has been planned for 2011, Henry Ramos, the party's general secretary, told reporters on Sunday.

Perez, 88, died of a heart attack Saturday afternoon in Miami, the United States. The former president, who ruled the country twice between 1974-1979 and 1989-1993 and was a critic of current president Hugo Chavez, had been living in exile in the United States since 2001.

Chavez on Sunday offered condolences over the death of Perez, but he also criticized the former president's governing style.

Source: Xinhua

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