Venezuela announces death of President Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez speaking at the 2003 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre.
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's defense minister is pledging that the military will remain loyal to the constitution in the wake of President Hugo Chavez's death.

Admiral Diego Molero appeared on national television to appeal for "unity, tranquility and understanding" among Venezuelans.

He says troops will safeguard the sovereignty of the country.

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