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Chavez’s populist machine honors his legacy

CARACAS — A day after Hugo Chavez’s death, the populist government that was built around his outsized persona began to pay homage on Wednesday as Venezuelans wondered what would come next after his 14 years in office.

The body of the president, who was 58 and had been battling cancer for about two years, was taken to the Venezuelan Military Academy here in the capital to lie in state for three days. The funeral will take place Friday with dignitaries from across the world in attendance.

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