Photo: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro
Current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may just get a prize for loyalty to his predecessor.
The newly elected President has just admitted to sleeping inside the tomb of former President Hugo Chavez.
CREEPY we know and rest assured this is not a Latin American tradition.
Maduro indeed does owe his current position, president of one of Latin America’s richest oil nations, to Chavez. Maduro was Chavez’ Vice President and acting President when the left-leaning leader was battling an undisclosed type of cancer. On his death bed Chavez anointed Maduro as his successor and his favorite to take over the Presidency.
Chavez died on March 5, 2013 after battling cancer for several years.
Maduro was elected President on April 14 in a close race with Henrique Capriles. An election the U.S. has said was not transparent enough and an election that the U.S. wants a ballot recount for.
The 51-year-old President and former bus driver admitted to sleeping at the former military museum in Caracas where Chavez’ remains are kept. Maduro had wanted to have Chavez embalmed and preserved much like Lenin in Russia and Chairman Mao in China – that plan did not work out. On occasion Maduro is known to state that Chavez’ legacy is equal to that of Jesus Christ.
Maduro said “I sometimes come at night. At times, many times, I sleep here.” And if he needs to contemplate a policy issue he invites cabinet members to join in the creepy-fied sleepover “We enter at night and we stay to sleep. At night we reflect on things here.”
The mausoleum where Chavez’ remains are located were once army barracks that were turned into a military museum. The site was formerly the headquarters from where Chavez’ launched his failed 1992 coup attempt.