PM Skerrit Declares Day of Mourning Following Hugo Chavez’s Death
Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, on the night of Tuesday March 5th 2013, declared a national state of mourning on Wednesday March 6th 2013, in honour of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who died earlier that day following a long battle with cancer.
During an address to Dominicans, a very emotional Mr. Skerrit stated the passing of Mr. Chavez is a great loss to Dominica, especially as he was not just another Head of State or Head of Government of a sister country.
He says the flags will remain at half-staff until internment of fallen friend and brother.
Mr. Skerrit urged all Dominicans to place the family of Mr. Chavez and the people of Venezuela in their prayers, as we all share their pain and great loss.
Mr. Skerrit noted, he has requested the relevant authorities to convene a special mass at the St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church on Thursday March 7th 2013 at 5 p.m.
He said Government Ministers and Dominicans, will join with officials from the Venezuelan Embassy in Roseau and other Venezuelan interests in Dominica, in celebrating the life of Mr. Chavez.
He stated, the impact of these policies on the lives of the well-being of the Caribbean people will be recorded.
The Prime Minister revealed that, Dominica will associate with all of these attributes and acknowledgements, but above all, Dominica will cherish the special place it held in the life and work of Hugo Chavez.
Mr. Skerrit also expressed his deepest sympathy to Ambassador Hayden Pirela Sanchez and the staff of the Venezuelan Embassy in Roseau.
In the days ahead Mr. Skerrit said, the Government shall indicate further initiatives to appropriately record its sadness at the passing of President Chavez, and its commitment to the commemoration of his work.
He said we as Dominicans should pray for the Government and people of Venezuela, while each of us reflect privately on the impact of this great leader, on our country and the advancement of its people.