Chavez's Body Will Go On Permanent Display

So 'his people will always have him,' says VP

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2013 4:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Venezuela is giving Hugo Chavez the Mao treatment: His body will go on permanent display at a museum near the presidential palace, reports AP. Chavez will be in a glass casket so "his people will always have him," says VP Nicolas Maduro. The state funeral for Chavez—who died with an estimated net worth of $1 billion—takes place tomorrow morning.

A woman holds a photo of Hugo Chavez as she waits in line to see his body lying in state at the military academy in Caracas.
A woman holds a photo of Hugo Chavez as she waits in line to see his body lying in state at the military academy in Caracas.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A woman wipes her tears as she holds an image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez.
A woman wipes her tears as she holds an image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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