APTOPIX Venezuela Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s funeral on Friday attracted foreign leaders, athletes, liberal celebrities, reports CBS News:

In the funeral hall, more than 30 political leaders including Cuba’s Raul Castro and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood at attention before Chavez’s flag-draped coffin. Many of them were welcomed by Nicolas Maduro, the vice president who will later be sworn in as interim president. The glass-topped coffin, which has been open since Wednesday, was shut for the funeral.

Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and former Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) attended the Venezuelan autocrat’s funeral. Hollywood actor Sean Penn and Reverend Jesse Jackson were also at the funeral. “We pray God today that you will heal the breach between the U.S. and Venezuela,” Jackson said.

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