By Sandra Birungi
Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez is going to be buried today in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.
More than 30 heads of state are expected to attend the late Chavez’s funeral, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Cuban President Raul Castro and Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko, among others.
After the state funeral today, Mr. Chavez’s body will be taken to a military museum to lie in state for another seven days. It will late be embalmed and placed on permanent display. So far, more than two million mourners have already filed past his body at the military academy.
The Caracas military museum will be converted into a new “museum of the revolution”. Mr. Chavez’s supporters want him eventually interred in Venezuela’s national Pantheon alongside Simon Bolivar, the 19th Century independence leader. However, Venezuela’s constitution says people can only be admitted to the Pantheon 25 years after their death.
Mr. Chavez died on Tuesday after ruling Venezuela for 14 years aged 58 after a long battle with cancer.