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Elaborate farewell to Chavez

World leaders pay homage; body will remain accessible

CARACAS — Venezuelans bade farewell to President Hugo Chavez at a funeral service Friday morning attended by more than 30 heads of state honoring the populist firebrand who became a thorn in the side of the United States and a hero to leftist movements the world over.

But a burial is not in the Venezuelan government’s plans: Chavez’s body is to be embalmed and put on display for eternity in a glass coffin, a decision that delighted many of his red-shirted followers. And the man who announced those plans, Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who often chokes back tears when talking of Chavez, will be sworn in as president to fulfill the late leader’s public wishes.

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