CARACAS, Venezuela (March 7, 2013)—The embalmed body of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that "his people will always have him,” Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday.
Maduro, who’s serving as the country’s acting president, said 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 Chavez will lie in state first for at least another seven days.
A state funeral for Chavez attended by some 33 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, reportedly of a heart attack after a long battle with cancer.