Chavez May Not Be Embalmed After All

VP Maduro says his body wasn't prepared in time
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2013 4:43 PM CDT
Chavez May Not Be Embalmed After All
In this 2002 file photo, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters in Caracas.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Looks like Hugo Chavez will not be joining the ranks of Mao and Lenin as leaders embalmed for all eternity. Venezuelan VP Nicolas Maduro said today that plans to put Chavez's body on permanent display will likely be scrapped, reports AP. Maduro said the government consulted Russian experts who concluded that Chavez's body had not been prepared in time. The government announced Chavez's death on March 5 and the embalming plans two days later. It's not clear what happens now, but the AP also notes that Chavez had publicly stated his wish to be buried in his hometown of Sabaneta. Meanwhile, the investigation into whether he was poisoned is moving ahead. (Read more Hugo Chavez stories.)

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