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PM leads J'can delegation to Chavez's funeral

Friday, March 08, 2013    

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PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller will lead Jamaica's delegation attending today's State Funeral of President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

Jamaica House yesterday said that other members of the delegation are Senator AJ Nicholson, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade; Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell; Senator Angela Brown Burke, mayor of Kingston; Senator Robert Montague, Opposition representative and chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party; Ambassador Clifton Stone, former ambassador to Venezuela; and the prime minister's support and security team.

At the same time, Jamaica House said that the Jamaican flag will be flown at half-mast today, from sunrise to sunset, as a mark of respect to Chavez, who died Tuesday after fighting cancer.

Yesterday, ministers Nicholson and Paulwell, as well as Venezuelan ambassador to Jamaica Maria Mendoza Ortega, and the chairman of the PetroCaribe Development Fund and Financial Secretary Devon Rowe, laid wreaths at the statue of Venezuelan hero Simón Bolívar at National Heroes Circle in Kingston.

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