Haiti names airport after Chavez

Haiti is naming an airport in the country’s north after the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Cap-Haitien International Airport will now be called the Hugo Chavez International Airport, said Gary Bodeau, a spokesman for Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

The airport’s 17,500-foot 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 United States government.

Like the U.S, Venezuela has been one of Haiti’s biggest supporters. Venezuela pledged $1.2 billion for Haiti, more than any other country, following the 2010 earthquake but releases just $222 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. Martelly recently attended the inauguration of Venezuelan President-elect Nicholas Maduro.

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