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  • 10 August 2013, 8:51

Venezuela: Maduro Sleeps In Chavez's Tomb

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro makes no secret of his devotion to the late leader Hugo Chavez - and now he has admitted he sometimes sleeps in the mausoleum where his mentor's remains are kept.

Mr Maduro, who served as MrChavez's vice president, was named by him as his successor before he died.

He said he likes to be close to the former leader's remains so he can "carefully consider" his actions.

Mr Maduro went on: "I sometimes come at night. At times, many times, I sleep here."

Sometimes, he brings an entourage: "We enter at night and we stay to sleep. At night we reflect on things here."

During the campaign for the April 14 election he narrowly won, MrMaduro caused a furore when he said MrChavez came to him in the form of a little bird that flew around his head.

Mr Maduro has promised to continue with Mr Chavez's self-styled socialist revolution.

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