Funeral begins for Venezuela’s Chavez – latimes.com

APphoto_Venezuela Chavez“There was never a leader more vilified than Hugo Chavez,” Maduro told those assembled at the Venzuelan Military Academy. “But our commander had inside him the biggest shield against infamy a human being can have – his purity and the love of Christ, which saved him and left him undefeated.”

The Rev. Jesse Jackson issued a plea for better relations, asking God to “heal the breach between the U.S. and Venezuela” and “let there be peace between nations.”

“Let us forgive, redeem and move on to higher ground. We are neighbors who share the same hemisphere. We play ball together. We share natural resources and we combat drugs together, share dreams and are bound by culture and environment,” Jackson said.]

Maduro was scheduled to be sworn in as interim president later in a special session of the National Assembly at the military academy where the funeral ceremony was held. Riding a wave of sympathy for Chavez, Maduro is heavily favored to win a special presidential election next month.

via – latimes.com.

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