Last week, Venezuela’s government announced that President Hugo Chavez’s body would be re-embalmed and placed under glass for eternal viewing.
But this week, the idea was abandoned after interim President Nicolas Maduro said Russian and German experts had advised him against the idea because too much time had passed to properly preserve the late president’s corpse. Chavez died this month after battling cancer.
So in other words, poor planning appears to have derailed the government’s effort to preserve the president’s body for future generations to view and draw inspiration from.
No doubt, Maduro’s critics will use the unexpected turn of events as further evidence of the government’s incompetence. Maduro is Chavez’s handpicked successor. Venezuelans vote for a new president next month.