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Embalming of Chavez' body 'unlikely'

  • The acting president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said on Wednesday it is unlikely that the body of former president Hugo Chavez would be embalmed.

    Earlier, Maduro had stated it would be preserved and displayed like the bodies of Lenin, Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong.

    Maduro, who is running for president in the April 14 elections, made the comments during a speech in the capital Caracas.

    "Russian and German scientists have arrived to embalm Chavez and they tell us it's very difficult, because the process should have started earlier, immediately and now it's not possible. We are in the middle of the process, and it's complicated," he told the crowd.

    Chavez died on March 5 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

    The official seven-day mourning period has been extended until Friday.

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