Chavez's body 'will not be embalmed for display'

The Venezuelan government has decided the body of former president Hugo Chavez will not be embalmed for permanent display, according to the country's information minister.

Ernesto Villegas wrote on Twitter that the option has been dismissed based on the advice of a Russian medical commission.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on 5 March following a long battle with cancer. Credit: PA Wire

He said the government was told that Chavez's body would have to be sent to Russia for seven to eight months to be properly embalmed.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro announced last week that Chavez's body would be put on display, but on Wednesday said that now seemed "highly unlikely".