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National Assembly honors Cristóbal Mendoza in funeral chapel

The tribute took place in the Elliptical Hall, with the performance of an Honor Guard led by the president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez

This Sunday the tribute to Cristóbal Mendoza, first president of Venezuela, took place, which began in the Elliptical Hall of the Federal Legislative Palace, with a funeral chapel.

The activity consisted of the creation of a single Guard of Honor by the parliament's board, made up of its president Jorge Rodríguez, deputies Pedro Infante and Pedro Carreño; the secretary and undersecretary of parliament, María Alejandra Hernández and José Omar Molina, respectively; and the governor of the state of Trujillo, Gerardo Márquez.

Simultaneously, the notes of the National Anthem of the Republic and the Military March were heard by the Martial Band of the Bolivarian National Guard.

The National Assembly in an ordinary session on Tuesday, June 18, approved by a qualified majority the Draft Agreement, through which the Honors of the National Pantheon are granted to José Cristóbal Hurtado de Mendoza y Montilla from Trujillo.

Cristóbal Mendoza was the first President of Venezuela after the Declaration of Independence from the Spanish Empire, which is why this June 23 his remains were taken to the National Pantheon, where the heroes of the country rest.

Mendoza was a politician, lawyer and journalist, he participated in the drafting of the country's first Constitution, he stood out for his defense of indigenous peoples, he was a loyal friend of Simón Bolívar, to whom he conferred the title of The Liberator; He was a signatory of the Independence Act, governor of Mérida and editor of the newspaper El Correo del Orinoco.

He was born on June 23, 1772, in the state of Trujillo, he was the first to preside over the triumvirate, along with Juan Escalona and Baltasar Padrón, and represent the Executive Branch established by the Congress of 1811. He held the position for just over a year .

He was part of the Constituent Assembly that designed and promulgated the first Constitution of Venezuela, in December 1811, joining the beginning of the war of independence. In 1811 he was elected deputy to represent the province of Barinas in the Constituent Congress.


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