Venezuela announces death of President Chavez

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In this photo released by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro, right, addresses the nation from Miraflores presidential palace as Governor Adan Chavez, the older brother of President Hugo Chavez, looks on in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Maduro met with top Venezuelan government ministers, the military high command and all 20 loyalist governors in Caracas following word of President Hugo Chavez's deteriorating health. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's defense minister is pledging that the military will remain loyal to the constitution in the wake of President Hugo Chavez's death.

Admiral Diego Molero appeared on national television to appeal for "unity, tranquility and understanding" among Venezuelans.

He says troops will safeguard the sovereignty of the country.

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