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Chavez protege takes over after funeral

ATTENDANCE:The state funeral was attended by Latin American, African and Caribbean leaders, while the US and European nations sent lower-level delegations

AFP, CARACAS

“We love all people of the Americas. But we want relations of respect, of cooperation, of true peace,” he said, calling for a world “without empires.”

Under Chavez, Venezuela’s oil wealth underwrote the Castro brothers’ communist rule in Cuba, and he repeatedly courted confrontation with Washington by cozying up to governments that shared his “anti-imperialist” worldview.

Maduro said Chavez’s body will be taken to the “Mountain Barracks” in the “January 23,” a public housing project that was a bastion of Chavez support.

The barracks will be converted into a Museum of the Revolution.

It was there that Chavez spearheaded what proved to be a failed coup against then-president Carlos Andres Perez on Feb. 4, 1992. His arrest turned him into a hero and led to his first of many election victories in 1998.

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