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Hugo Chavez to be embalmed.

Caracas-March8(BNA)Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced that late President Hugo Chavez would be embalmed and displayed for eternity at a military museum.

He said that a state funeral would be held for the defunct, to be followed by a week-long extended period of lying in state for the public to pay their last respects.

In an address last nation, he said that Chavez would be embalmed and displayed for eternity like former communist leader H[sz][c]o ChE[degrees] Minh, Lenin, Stalin and Mao Zedong.

"It has been decided that the body of the comandante will be embalmed so that it remains eternally on view for the people at the museum," Maduro said in statement to State TV.

A state funeral will be held today Friday for Chavez -- who died last Tuesday -- in the presence of at least thirty-three state leaders.

Nicolas Maduro is expected to take his oath as acting president and elections will be held within thirty months.

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