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Haiti renames airport for Hugo Chavez

Written By Joseph Y. Musa on Friday, April 19, 2013 | 4/19/2013 08:35:00 am

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti April 19 AP - Haiti is naming an airport in the country's north after the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an official says.


Cap-Haitien International Airport will now be called the Hugo Chavez International Airport, Gary Bodeau, a spokesman for Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said on Thursday.
The airport's 1 5,334-metre runway was repaved in October with a loan from the Venezuelan government.
The repair came just in time for the inauguration of an industrial park in the north that is largely financed by the US government.
Like the US, Venezuela has been one of Haiti's biggest supporters. Venezuela pledged $US1.2 billion ($A1.17 billion) for Haiti, more than any other country, following the 2010 earthquake but has released just $Us222 million.
Venezuela's PetroCaribe fund has also helped Haiti. Haiti has used millions of money from the pact that was created in 2005 to pay for fuel, renovate power stations and develop a social program for the country's poorest people.
Both Lamothe and President Michel Martelly attended Chavez's funeral and Martelly left Haiti on Thursday to attend the inauguration of Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro.


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