March 8th, 2013
04:21 AM ET

Leaders arrive for Chavez funeral

Leaders from all over the world were in Venezuela Friday for the funeral of Hugo Chavez, joining a nation that continued to mourn.

One of the heads of state that had arrived early Friday was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who had kind words for Chavez as he came off a plane in the capital, Caracas.

"He was a dear friend of all nations worldwide," Ahmadinejad said to the crowd and the Venezuelan state broadcaster VTV there. "He was the emotional pillar for all the revolutionary and freedom-seeking people of the region and the world."

The funeral for Chavez, who died at 58 Tuesday after a battle with cancer, will be held Friday in Caracas. That night Nicolas Maduro, who was the nation's vice president, is scheduled to be sworn in as interim president.


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  1. chrissy

    Oh for sure! He was just freakin awesome! He kept his people poor whats so great about that???

    March 8, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. yarrov

    Does only the good die young? I do not know. Anyway, I bet $1,000,000,000,000.00 Bush will not attend the funeral of Chavez.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    He should have been thankful he wasn't shot after the 1992 coup. But the ingrate never was thankful for those extra 20 years.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |