Chavez's body will be permanently displayed

Venezuela's late President, Hugo Chavez, will be on permanent display according to the Venezuelan vice president. He will be encased in a glass cabinet so that "his people will always have him."

Slate's Anne Applebaum comments on the legacy of the late President:

I don't know what the long-term impact of Chávez's long rule will be, and I don't think that Venezuelans will know for some time, either. One Venezuelan, now in his 30s, has written that Chávez first came to power when the writer was 16: "Through all that time I can think of no political opinion, no vote, no broad social view that has not been affected—even defined—by this singular man and his unstoppable vision."

In that writer's case, the experience of life under Chávez meant "the dispersal of my family to faraway continents ... the persecution and imprisonment of friends and colleagues," as well as expropriations and violence. Chávez's impact on him, on his dispersed family, on his children, on his neighbors, on their relations with the state or with public officials, on their attitudes to other countries and to one another, will not end with his death. Both individually and collectively, Venezuelans will spend years trying to understand how he shaped their country's political culture. The sooner they begin that process, the better.