‘Putin­should getChavez­peace award’


Venezuela's so­cial­ist pres­i­dent is estab­lish­ing a peace prize in hon­our of the late Hugo Chavez and says his pick for the ini­tial award would be Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin. Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro named the prize the Hugo Chavez (right) Award for Peace and the Sovereignty of the Peo­ple. He an­nounced the award dur­ing the tele­vised un­veil­ing of a statue of Chavez, who founded Venezuela's so­cial­ist ad­min­is­tra­tion when he was pres­i­dent. Maduro said the prize will go an­nu­ally “to global and na­tional per­son­al­i­ties who have ex­celled in the strug­gle for peace.” He then said his can­di­date for the first award is con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure Putin, who has been an ally of Venezuela. The an­nounce­ment came hours af­ter Colom­bia Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos was named as this year's re­cip­i­ent of the No­bel Peace Prize. Maduro did not men­tion that de­vel­op­ment in his speech.

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