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Thousands mourn Chavez in Caracas


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Thousands mourn Chavez in Caracas

A day after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, thousands of distraught supporters took to the streets to get a glimpse of his casket as it passed through the capital, Caracas.

After a short ceremony at the military hospital where he spent his last few days, his coffin was loaded onto a hearse to be driven to the military academy.

He will lie there in state until his funeral on Friday.

The late Venezuelan president died at the age of 58 following a long battle with cancer.

He was first diagnosed with the disease in June 2011.

The socialist leader appeared to have beaten the condition by the time of the election in October, which he comfortably won, but soon after that he was re-diagnosed and his health rapidly declined.

Chavez had not been seen in public since his last operation in Cuba in December.

Seven days of mourning have been declared in the South American country.

Many now wonder if the foreign policy of a post-Chavez Venezuela will be radically different.

In December Chavez named Nicholas Maduro as his successor and he has been acting President ever since.

Though now Chavez has died a new election is due take place within a month.

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