CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday offered condolences after the death of former President Carlos Andres Perez, but also said he hopes his longtime adversary's style of governing never again returns to the South America country.
The 88-year-old Perez died in Miami on Saturday. Chavez, who led a failed coup attempt against him in 1992, said Perez's family has a right to bring his body to Venezuela for burial if they wish — though the family said his funeral will be in Miami.
"May he rest in peace. But with him... may the form of politics that he personified rest in peace and leave here forever," Chavez said in a televised speech in western Venezuela, accompanied by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Chavez said Perez — who governed Venezuela from 1974-79 and again from 1989-93 — led governments that violated citizens' rights and were subservient to US interest.
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