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Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 as acting President Nicolas Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chavez, tries to win his own term in office.

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Chavez to lie in state for a further seven days

The body of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez will be embalmed and laid to rest at a military museum in the capital Caracas.

A supporter of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures as she views his coffin. Credit: REUTERS/Miraflores Palace

Acting President Nicolas Maduro said Chavez would lie in state for a further seven days so Venezuelans waiting in long lines to view him would be able to do so.

Maduro added that his body would later to moved from the military museum to his final burial site. It was not immediately clear where that would be.

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Hundreds of thousands queue to bid Chavez farewell

Dozens of people were injured in a crush today as hundreds of thousands of people queued to see the mortal remains of Hugo Chavez.

A continuous stream of mourners filed past the leader's open casket in the Military Academy in Venezuela's capital Caracas.

A soldier tries to maintain order as supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez wait on line to view his body Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Outside the Academy, riot police struggled to maintain order and were seen carrying away several people injured in the crush.

Barriers failed to hold back the surge of people, some of whom had waited for more than 18 hours to bid their leader farewell.

Mourners stand in line to view his body in state at the Military Academy in Caracas
Mourners stand in line to view his body in state at the Military Academy in Caracas Credit: REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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Supporters salute Hugo Chavez

A supporter salutes as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state
A supporter salutes as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state Credit: Reuters

Supporters the late Venezuelan President have been paying their respects as the body of Hugo Chavez is lying in state at the military academy in Caracas.

Mourners cry as they pay their respects as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state
Mourners cry as they pay their respects as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state Credit: Reuters
A woman is comforted as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state
A woman is comforted as the body of Hugo Chavez lies in state Credit: Reuters

Hugo Chavez 'died of heart attack'

The head of Venezuela's presidential guard says a heart attack killed a suffering Hugo Chavez, the Associated Press reports.

General Jose Ornella also said Chavez mouthed his desire to live during his final moments:

He couldn't speak, but he said it with his lips ... 'I don't want to die. Please don't let me die,' because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country.

Venezuelan authorities have not said what kind of cancer Chavez had or specified exactly where tumors were removed.

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