CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s acting president, Nicolas Maduro, said Wednesday that it is highly unlikely Hugo Chavez will be embalmed for permanent viewing because the decision to do so was made too late and the socialist leader’s body was not properly prepared on time.
President Chavez died on March 5.
The decision to preserve his body permanently was announced two days later.
Chavez’s embalmed body was to be put on display at a military museum on a hill a mile from the presidential palace, where it was to have been transferred on Friday.
Maduro suggested the body would still be placed there.