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Venezuela election date set

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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