Hugo Chavez’s body been embalmed, and will now be on permanent display in a crystal casket.
In a statement Venezuela’s Acting President Nicolas Maduro explained,
“We have decided to prepare the body of our Comandante President to embalm it so that it remains open for all time for the people. Just like Ho Chi Minh. Just like Lenin. Just like Mao Zedong.”
He added that the decision to display Chavez had been taken so “his people will always have him”, before telling fellow Venezuelans, “You will see the Commandante. He belongs to you.”