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More than 20 world leaders expected at Chavez funeral

by - Former International Editor

Venezuelan authorities estimate that well over two million people have now paid their respects to their dead President Hugo Chavez.

More than 20 world leaders are expected to attend the funeral tomorrow, including Iran's Ahmadinejad and leaders from Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay.

There will be a funeral for Chavez, but he won't be buried. Authorities still can't decide where he will rest. But he will be embalmed, like Lenin.

Venezuelans bid personal farewell to Hugo Chavez

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans joined the crush to view Hugo Chavez's body lying in state in the capital Caracus today.

Responding to the overwhelming demand, and the desire that Chavez should be "always be with the people", it was announced tonight that the leader will remain on display permanently.

ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports from Caracas:

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Hugo Chavez' body to be permanently on display

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro has just announced on national TV that Hugo Chavez's funeral will take place tomorrow morning.

Around 30 heads of state are expected to attend along with delegations from 50 countries.

Maduro also said that Chavez's body will return to lying in state for public viewing for seven further days after the funeral to allow more people to see him.

Chavez's body will then be preserved like that of Lenin and Mao Zedong so "he will always be with the people". A special tomb is now under construction in the mountains where he launched his revolution.

Maduro again called for calm and thanked the public for respecting the solemnity of the occasion.

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.

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
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