CARACAS – Aides of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have confirmed that the 58-year-old’s body will still honor the fourth term it was elected to serve back in October.
Mr. Chavez, who had ruled over the Venezuelan people since 1999, succumbed to a long battle with cancer Tuesday, prompting fears of widespread chaos in the capital of Caracas.
However, the president’s dead remains reportedly announced late Tuesday that “the revolution will remain stronger than ever” over the next 6 years.
“Our great leader may have died today,” said the country’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro. “But his lifeless carcass remains more committed than ever to leading this nation once more to greatness.”
“Please, have no fear,” he continued. “The president’s deceased body and I have already moved forward on economic reform discussions and we are looking to secure tough oil production quotas for the next quarter.”
Chavez is expected to resume leadership of the country Wednesday from Palacio de Miraflores, where his remains will nonetheless be interred on Friday.
Meanwhile, Maduro also hinted that Mr. Chavez’s skeletal remains “hadn’t yet ruled out running” for a fifth consecutive term in 2018.