Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Public funeral for Chavez Friday

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death in Caracas March 5, 2013. Photo: Reuters

Supporters of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death in Caracas March 5, 2013. Photo: Reuters

(Caracas)- The corpse of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will lie in state through Friday when a public funeral will be held with invited guests from across Latin America, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said late on Tuesday.

He declared seven days of mourning for the leader who died of cancer and said Chavez’s body would be transferred from hospital to a military academy on Wednesday.