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In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, a woman pays her respects, placing a hand on her heart and saluting, before she files past the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez.

Hugo Chavez body to be permanently displayed

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s acting president says Hugo Chavez’s embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that “his people will always have him.”

Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Maduro said the president will lie in state first for at least another seven days.

A state funeral for Chavez attended by more than 30 heads of government is scheduled to begin Friday morning.

Tens of thousands have already filed past his glass-topped casket at a military academy following a seven-hour procession on Tuesday which took his body from the hospital where he died.

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