The two major political parties in Grenada have reacted to the death in Caracas on Tuesday of Venezuelan strongman leader, Hugo Chavez.
Both the ruling New National Party (NNP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have benefited from Venezuelan aid from Chavez during their stints in government in St. George’s.
The NNP which is now back in power after a four-and-a-half year stint in the opposition, issued the following release on Chavez’s death.
“The Political Leader of the New National Party, Dr. Keith Mitchell, the Executive and membership of the NNP party, extend their sincerest condolence to the Government and the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the recent sad passing of President Hugo Chavez.
President Chavez will be greatly missed by Grenada for his significant contributions to the development of our country and people.
Under his Presidency, Venezuela provided significant benefits in the area of housing, healthcare, education, the PetroCaribe project, just to name a few.
President Chavez will be remembered as a true champion of those in need in his own country and beyond. He maintained a foreign policy throughout his time in public office by assisting less fortunate countries throughout the region and by sharing the wealth of his Nation for the betterment of others.
May the late President Hugo Chavez rest in peace and may God bless the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its people and its Government”.
In its message, the Congress party of former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas referred to the late Venezuelan leader as “a true friend of Grenada” and one who had made “a significant contribution to the economic growth and development of Grenada”.
The NDC release said: “The National Democratic Congress is deeply saddened by the passing of the iconic President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, a true friend of Grenada, who attached great importance to the deepening of our traditional friendship, while promoting the continuous development of bilateral relations and cooperation.
Hugo Chavez made a significant contribution to the economic growth and development of Grenada through various programmes which directly benefited the ordinary people at the community level and the country as a whole.
Grenada-Venezuela relations were strengthened as a result of his leadership in promoting and deepening cooperation in various fields between our two countries.
His leadership in championing the plight of small island developing states in the global community was a feature of his Presidency and he will be remembered for the bond developed with CARICOM and CARIFORUM countries, as evidenced by the establishment of Petro Caribe, as one example.
Additionally, the marginalised and vulnerable in the Venezuelan society, have lost a hero.
The NDC expresses its condolences to the bereaved family and the government and people of Venezuela at this time of grief and loss of a true friend and statesman.
Our prayers are with you”.