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Hugo Chavez's Body to Be Permanently Displayed

Hugo Chavez's Body to Be Permanently Displayed

On March 7, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the body of Hugo Chavez will be kept on permanent display “in a special tomb.”

When he made the announcement, people had already been waiting “up to 12 hours in a line that [snaked] for more than a mile,” to pay their respects to the dead leader.

Maduro said that by displaying Chavez’s body in a manner reminiscent of Vladimir Lenin, he can guarantee that Chavez “will always be with the people.”

The Venezuelan Parliament will hold a special session to swear Maduro in as acting president on March 8.

Elections to officially fill the vacancy left by Chavez will be held in approximately 30 days. 

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