Mixed reaction to death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
Adam Housley reports from Los Angeles
- Duration 5:13
- Date Mar 6, 2013
Adam Housley reports from Los Angeles
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Of the country with the largest proven oil reserves in the world is now up in the air.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died at the age of 58 after a two year battle with cancer.
And that's how we sent to -- hour of America's Newsroom everybody good morning once again on -- account.
I'm Bill Hemmer good morning the leader who once called the USA a real enemy is no more.
The government of Venezuela declaring seven days of mourning now and now the country's VP is stepping in -- -- bureau fifty years old former bus driver.
And trade Unionists.
Elected in 2000 as a deputy the National Assembly and he is said to have.
I shared Chavez's close ties with the Castro Brothers in Cuba and his commitment to socialism.
President Obama says -- -- that marks a new chapter in Venezuela's history and it certainly does and has -- is live from Los Angeles so Adam.
We know that there's a new chapter we just don't know what it is right now right.
Right now old Janet Reno is the man who called President Bush -- one point el diablo the double of course that being.
The man who passed away 58 years old when he died.
-- lit led that is well over fourteen years as well now this assassin is shot has appointed the guy he wants take over you mentioned Nicholas -- -- He could be the man they could take control in thirty days when the election takes place within next thirty days but he'll likely face.
He is -- centrist he ran against Chavez last fall in lots.
-- begin the selection within thirty days what people are hoping for down there that I spoke to on the phone is -- a lot of time down there is you know is a peaceful secession whatever that may be.
The question is will the people back one of these two candidates and will the military back one of these two candidates that's the big question.
Ed Royce of course who's the foreign affairs committee chairman spoke on special report about this last night.
It is now I think that people in the absence of -- we'll -- -- will begin to compare their situation.
And how much ground they've lost compared to what they are there are seen in their neighboring state in Columbia.
And I think that that is perhaps the most hopeful thing.
In terms of a new direction in Latin America.
They'll be a state funeral for a bush Chavez on Friday once again and more people will tell you in Latin America is especially in Venezuela this is a problem -- amongst leaders between missile in the US and amongst people.
-- what about the reaction here at home at a -- you -- -- ex pats here in the US that we met over the years a lot of them let the brain drain from Venezuela has been massive since Castro took all stars -- job is to go over.
-- with the help of the Castro's of course a lot of people come here not just the rich class a lot of middle class people come here as well they celebrated in South Florida.
When the death was announced hoping for some sort of change.
That we have some sound from some of the people last night who took to the streets take a listen.
Should we anchor babies eat well.
Yeah I know -- I'm not happy because he's dead because I don't think we -- celebrate dad but we should celebrate change.
Now Sean Penn of course one of those in Hollywood who was a big fan of Hugo Chavez.
He -- set a number of things including a letter he put out last night -- statement where he said that.
He was a friend that the United States didn't know they had Michael Moore Oliver Stone also expressing condolences to take this into account.
Once again this is a man shot -- who called bush that the double.
He's also known for torching -- prison and imprisoning political prisoners -- aligned himself with -- he supported rebels who were also.
Part of the drug cartels are trying to overthrow the freely -- to -- got a government in Columbia he threatened Guyana which has no standing army over oil.
There's hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars of oil money missing.
Any nationalize everything including the television and radio stations in Latin Americas -- there's a lot of questions about his rule human rights did -- down there and a lot of people were hoping that this may mean something new for Venezuela but we will know courts over the course of the next thirty days.
As election happens and we'll see if the military backs whoever wins.
That's right one of the questions here -- -- -- in terms of information and the freedom of the -- is is strangled.
-- -- as well as you complete document is -- And we listened to -- rice talk about whether or not there are aware of of the growth in their neighbor country Colombia.
You know how what do you think the awareness level as for people there in terms of how different things could be.
Yes the people are very aware but here's something to keep remind you what Chavez's does kept the poor population he'd he'd given them basically -- -- bones here and there given them some money and might also come in from Nicaragua and help -- As most as Cuba.
The problem is.
The country overall has been it has suffered and you have the oil reserves which are there and -- significant and a lot of the the technology he's brought -- but from China.
Hasn't worked -- only getting said the low percentage of oil out of the ground that they could be so that yes Columbia next door has done well but there's going to be a lot of unrest.
Because we don't know how this is gonna go through with the -- population.
Will they support or will these other people -- left the country come back.
And try to get cup relays in charge is going to be very if you see Martha how this transition takes place if there will be on restaurant and made big story over the next thirty days Adam thank you sound -- -- -- -- like there are.