Hundreds of thousands of mourners have thronged the streets of Caracas to accompany their president on his last journey. The body of the country's Comandante is to lie in state in the capital's military academy until his funeral on Friday.
President Nicolas Maduro accused envoy Todd Robinson of a "military conspiracy" after new US sanctions were imposed. Maduro was re-elected on Sunday in a widely contested vote.
Miguel Rodriguez Torres was the founder of the Venezuelan intelligence services, which carried out his arrest. The former Chavez ally had been challenging Maduro's government from the left.
Venezuela's Constituent Assembly has backed plans for a presidential election before April 30, months ahead of schedule. But neighboring countries say the move to allow Nicolas Maduro a second term lacks legitimacy.
Venezuela is stuck in one of the worst economic crises of its history, taking a huge toll on its population. Will Sunday's presidential elections bring about any change? Evan Romero-Castillo reports.
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