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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.
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.
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.
Former US President Jimmy Carter has paid tribute to Hugo Chavez, the Carter Center observed the 2000 elections in Venezuela.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Whilst Peruvian Presidennt Ollanto Humala said:
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More than 20 world leaders are expected to attend the funeral today, but there will be no burial as he will be embalmed.
Thousands flocked to the streets of Caracas to see the coffin of Chavez travel through the city to lie in state until Friday's funeral.