So, The Associated Press reports, it is now highly unlikely the late leader's body will be on view indefinitely — like those of Vladimir Lenin in Russia, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and Mao Zedong in China.
The 58-year-old Chávez, who had cancer, died on March 5. Two days later, Maduro said the body would be embalmed and put on view. But the body apparently had not been chemically treated within hours of Chávez's and hadn't been kept refrigerated. According to the AP, as of Wednesday it was still on display at a military academy.