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Venezuela begins Chavez funeral procession in capital

Published on Mar 6, 2013 11:30 PM

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuelan officials held a ceremony around the coffin holding the body of late President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday as they began a funeral procession in the capital.

The late leader's mother held a handkerchief to her face, weeping on his flag-draped coffin as a band played the national anthem before a priest read a prayer.