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Foreign minister says VP Maduro is interim president
2013-03-06 11:50:09 | (0 Comments)
(AP) — Venezuela's foreign minister said Vice President Nicolas Maduro will be interim president in the wake of Hugo Chavez's death and run as the governing party candidate in elections to be called within 30 days.
It was not immediately clear when presidential elections would be held.
Four hours after Chavez's death was announced, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told the Telesur network that the president had clearly stated in December what should occur if he died.
Chavez said Maduro should be the socialist party candidate and suggested he should oversee the convening of new elections.
Meanwhile, Chavez's body will be taken to a military academy in Caracas today, where it will remain in state for three days.
Seven days of mourning were also declared.
A state funeral will be held on Friday.
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