Hugo Chávez Will Rest in Public

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez at the presidential palace in Caracas.
Photo: Ben Speck & Karin Ananiassen

We have decided to prepare the body of our ‘Comandante President,’ to embalm it so that it remains open for all time for the people. Just like Ho Chi Minh. Just like Lenin. Just like Mao Zedong.” —Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, acting head of state, on the plans for late president Hugo Chávez’s body, which will go on permanent public display.