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Haiti names airport for Hugo Chavez

April 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 19 (UPI) -- Haiti Thursday announced the international airport in Cap-Haitien, Haiti's second-largest city, will be named after late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Haiti built a new 7,500-foot asphault runway in Cap-Haitien in October, The Miami Herald reported.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe confirmed the news on Twitter while on a six-day visit to the United States.

"President Chavez has done his best to help Haiti in the most difficult times," Gary Bodeau, Lamothe's communications chief, said.

"He has contributed over $1 billion to assist Haiti and is beloved by the Haitian people. As a tribute to him, and for his work to Haiti, we have decided to name the airport in Cap-Haitien in his honor."

Chavez died of cancer March 5.

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