Public funeral for Venezuela's Chavez to be held Friday

CARACAS Wed Mar 6, 2013 12:56am GMT

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death outside the hospital where he was being treated, in Caracas, March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death outside the hospital where he was being treated, in Caracas, March 5, 2013.

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CARACAS (Reuters) - 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.

(Reporting By Andrew Cawthorne; Writing by Terry Wade)

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