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Former Venezuelan President Herrera Dies at 82

Sources close to former Venezuelan President Luis Herrera Campins say he died Friday in Caracas at the age of 82 following a long illness.

He served as Venezuela's president from 1979 to 1984.

In his early career, Mr. Herrera was a lawyer and a journalist. As a member of the Christian Democrat Party COPEI, he fought against the dictatorship of General Marcos Perez Jimenez, which ended in 1958.

During the dictatorship, Mr. Herrera was expelled from the country and lived in exile in Spain where he and other Christian Democrats founded the newspaper, Tiela. He returned to Venezuela after the dictatorship ended.

The secretary general of Mr. Herrera's political party, COPEI, (Luis Ignacio Plana) praised the former leader for his service to the nation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.