Leaders arrive for Chavez funeral

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Leaders from all over the world were in Venezuela Friday for the funeral of Hugo Chavez, joining a nation that continued to mourn.

One of the heads of state that had arrived early Friday was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who had kind words for Chavez as he came off a plane in the capital, Caracas.

„He was a dear friend of all nations worldwide,” Ahmadinejad said to the crowd and the Venezuelan state broadcaster VTV there. „He was the emotional pillar for all the revolutionary and freedom-seeking people of the region and the world.”

The funeral for Chavez, who died at 58 Tuesday after a battle with cancer, will be held Friday in Caracas. That night Nicolas Maduro, who was the nation’s vice president, is scheduled to be sworn in as interim president.

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