Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed a wish to be buried in his childhood home town, but it seems that following his death in early March officials are far from agreeing where his body should rest.
An early plan to embalm the late president for permanent display has now been dismissed, and officials claim the body is now past preservation. Mourners have been queuing for hours to pay respects as Chavez lies in state at the military academy in Caracas, temporarily preserved for display in an open coffin.
Acting President Maduro has stated that the body should be moved to the National Pantheon, next to former presidents, politicians and national heroes. But the Venezuelan constitution restricts places at the Pantheon to those identified through a popular referendum and at least 25 years after death.
So much for honouring the living wishes of the dying.