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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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Hugo Chavez's casket paraded through streets

President Hugo Chavez's casket has been seen in public for the first time.

A priest led a short service honouring the leader before the casket was carried into a crowded street in the capital Caracas and loaded onto a hearse.

A priest leads a short service in honour of the former president Credit: Reuters/VTV
Hugo Chavez's casket is loaded onto the hearse before being driven through the streets of Caracas Credit: Reuters/VTV
Crowds line the route Credit: Reuters/VTV

Ahmadinejad: 'Chavez will return on resurrection day'

The Guardian have quoted Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as saying that Hugo Chávez would "return on resurrection day".

Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a joint petrochemical plant in the Asaluyeh industrial zone in Venezuela's Gulf coast Credit: Alimadi/ABACA/Press Association Images

Going on to add that he was in, "no doubt that Chávez will return to Earth" together with Jesus and Imam Mahdi, the most revered figure among Shia Muslims, to, "establish peace, justice and kindness" in the world.

Announcing a day of mourning, Ahmadinejad is reported to have said that he believed something was "suspicious" about the cause of Chávez's cancer.

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Journalists attacked on streets of Caracas

A reporter and cameraman working for Colombia's RCN TV have been attacked in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas while covering the aftermath of the death of President Hugo Chavez.

The reporter, Carmen Andrea Rengifo and her cameraman, Samuel Sotomayor, were attacked by a crowd of Chavez supporters outside a military hospital.

In dramatic images filmed by Sotomayor showed the two journalists being beaten and chased by the crowd before managing to escape on a motorcycle.

Members of the crowd can be heard shouting obscenities at the two journalists and ordering them to leave the area.

Rengifo was injured in the attack, suffering light wounds.

It is not clear why the crowd turned on the journalists, however earlier, another television cameraman was injured by a crowd of Chavez supporters in Caracas before escaping in an ambulance. The crowd had said the cameraman was working for the Venezuelan opposition TV channel, Globovision.

Jimmy Carter's tribute to 'bold' Hugo Chavez

Former US President Jimmy Carter has paid tribute to Hugo Chavez, the Carter Center observed the 2000 elections in Venezuela.

Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez's commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment.

During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration. Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country's economic and political life.

At the same time, we recognize the divisions created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for national healing. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies - especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable - the political leaders will move the country forward by building a new consensus that ensures equal opportunities for all Venezuelans to participate in every aspect of national life.

– Statement From Former US President Jimmy Carter

Hugo Chavez's final tweet: 'We will overcome'

In his last tweet on 18th February, Hugo Chavez affirmed his trust in his doctors and was hopeful for his recovery:

The tweet translates as; "I still cling to Christ and trust in my doctors and nurses. Ever onward to victory! We will live and overcome!"

Translation: Google translate.

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Mourning Venezuelans fill the streets of Caracas

Venezuelans filled the streets of Caracas on Tuesday after the government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez.

Supporters gathered in the capital's Bolivar Square, to mourn and pay tribute. Some supporters sang songs, whilst many chanted as they walked carrying carrying pictures of the the larger-than-life socialist who led the nation for 14 years.

Death of Chavez 'saddens all Latin Americans'

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said news of the death of Hugo Chavez "saddens all Latin Americans." A minute of silence was held in honour of Chavez at the country's congress.

President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos sent his condolences saying on Twitter:

I profoundly lament the death of the president of Venezuela Hugo Chávez Frías. Our sincere condolences…"

President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirscher suspended all her public events scheduled for the rest of the day because of Chávez's death.

Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted:

I lament the death of President Hugo Chávez. My most heartfelt condolences to his family and the Venezuelan people.

Farewell Commander and friend Hugo Chávez. My heartfelt condolences to his family and all the Venezuelan people.

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