It has been a sad day in Venezuela.
The late president Hugo Chavez's
body was being brought from the hospital where he died to a military
academy where it will remain until the late president's funeral Friday,
an event that will most likely draw leaders from all over Latin America and
the world. It has been confirmed that the presidents of Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia
have arrived for the ceremony. The man he anointed to succeed him, Vice President Nicolas Maduro,
will continue to run Venezuela as interim president and be the
governing socialists' candidate in an election to be called within 30
The streets of Caracas were free
of the usual weekday morning traffic as public employees, schoolchildren
and many others stayed home on the first day of a week of national
mourning. The only lines were at gas stations where Venezuelans could fill up their tanks for pennies a gallon thanks to generous government subsidies.