After a prolonged battle with cancer, the polarizing socialist leader Hugo Chavez has died. Chavez leaves behind a country in deep economic and political crisis. What's next for the people of Venezuela?
CARACAS — It can take half a day or more to get just a few seconds with the Comandante. Following the death of President Hugo Chavez from cancer last week, the government declared seven days of mourning, which ended Tuesday. However, epic lines continue to form outside the military chapel where Chavez’s body will lie in state until midnight on Thursday.
CARACAS — Just hours after the state funeral of Hugo Chavez, the man who led Venezuela through a self-styled socialist revolution over 14 years and died after a nearly two-year battle with cancer this week, pots and pans were being banged by residents of Caracas’ wealthier neighborhoods.
CARACAS — Hugo Chavez's funeral, which drew dozens of heads of state and a sea of red-clad supporters, has come to a close, but the formal farewells will probably continue much longer. The government says that "like Ho Chi Minh, Lenin and Mao Zedong," Chavez's body will be embalmed and placed in a glass case "for eternity."
According to Venezuela's acting President, Nicolas Maduro, when it came down to choosing the next Pope, the late Chavez gave his pal, Christ, some direction — in a southward trajectory, to be specific.