Chavez body to be put on permanent display

The body of Venezuela’s late President, Hugo Chavez, is to be embalmed and put on display after his funeral, Vice-President Nicolas Maduro says.

“We have decided to prepare the body of our ‘Comandante President,’ to embalm it so that it remains open for all time for the people. Just like Ho Chi Minh. Just like Lenin. Just like Mao Zedong,” Maduro said.

More than two million mourners have already filed past his body at the military academy in Caracas, queuing for hours to see him lying in state.

Chavez died on Tuesday at the age of 58, and had been fighting cancer for nearly two years.

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