CARACAS, Thursday March 14, 2013 | Update
HUGO CHÁVEZ 1954-2013

Venezuela's Maduro: Chávez's body may not be embalmed

Venezuelan acting President Nicolás Maduro warned against a plot to assassinate opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski

Venezuelan President in charge Nicolás Maduro met with military officials at the premises of the Defense Ministry in Caracas (Photo: AVN)
Thursday March 14, 2013  10:28 AM
"It may not be possible (...) it is going to be quite difficult" to embalm President Hugo Chávez's body "because the decision should have been made long before," Venezuela's acting President Nicolás Maduro warned on Wednesday, based on experts' opinion. 

A week earlier, Maduro himself announced that the body of the late president would be embalmed and exhibited at the Military Museum just like that of founder of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin or that of China's revolution leader Mao Tse-Tung.

Referring to his major challenger in the presidential election to be held next April 14, Henrique Capriles Radonski, Maduro warned about "plans produced by the ultra-right wing" and connected to former US Ambassador to the Organization of American States Roger Noriega to assassinate the opposition leader. He added that specific instructions have been given to the intelligence service to protect the opposition leader.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Violence goes to school

A week into the beginning of the school year at the República del Ecuador school, in the San Martín neighborhood (downtown Caracas), and classes are taught only until 10 am. Thieves who broke into the school this summer caused major damage when they stole copper wiring and air-conditioning units, resulting in a power outage leaving classrooms in the dark(especially preschool classrooms, which are affected the most).

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