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Rousing funeral for Chavez, political heir takes over

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Venezuela gave late leader Hugo Chavez a lavish farewell that brought some of the world's most notorious strongmen to tears before his chosen successor took office in a disputed move. 

This photo, released by the Venezuelan Presidency, shows the President of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello (R) embracing VP, Nicolas Maduro, after he was sworn in as acting president, in Caracas, on March 8, 2013. Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, Maduro, was sworn in as acting president of Venezuela late Friday in a disputed inauguration boycotted by the main opposition group.

More than 30 heads of state on Friday paid tribute to the leftist firebrand president as his body lay in state in a flag-covered coffin at a military academy, bringing the curtain down on a 14-year reign that divided his nation.

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