Hugo Chávez Frías, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, speaks to the media during a press conference after speaking at the General Assembly. 24 September 2009 , Photo Credit: Courtesy of United Nations
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's acting president says Hugo Chavez's embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that "his people will always have him."
Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Maduro says the president will lie in state first for at least another seven days.
A state funeral for Chavez attended by some 33 heads of government is scheduled to begin Friday morning. Tens of thousands have already filed past his glass-topped casket at a military academy following a seven-hour procession on Tuesday which took his body from the hospital where he died.
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