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Venezuelans mourn former president Perez

One hopes the Venezuelans will be able to put this period in their history to rest.

AP reports:

CARACAS, Venezuela — Thousands of Venezuelans attended a wake for former President Carlos Andres Perez on Wednesday amid tears and speeches a day after his remains arrived in his homeland and ended a a bitter family feud over his final resting place.

The remains of Perez arrived in Venezuela nine months after his death in Miami at age 88 set off a feud between his wife, who wanted to bring the body home, and his mistress in the United States, who said Perez had vowed repeatedly never to return as long as political arch-nemesis Hugo Chavez was president.

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Supporters of Venezuela's former President Carlos Andres Perez carry his coffin during a funeral procession in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday Oct. 6. The remains of Perez arrived in Venezuela nine months after his death in Miami at age 88 set off a feud between his wife, who wanted to bring the body home, and his mistress in the United States, who said Perez had vowed repeatedly never to return as long as political arch-nemesis Hugo Chavez was president. Perez was president from 1974-1979 and again from 1989-1993, surviving two failed coup attempts. He left the country in 2000, facing the threat of arrest on corruption accusations, and did not return.



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Supporters of former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez (1974-1979 and 1989-1993) pay homage to the late leader during a ceremony at the headquarters of his party in Caracas where his remains where exposed, on October 5. The remains of Perez -- who died in Miami last December at the age of 88 -- have arrived back in his country after being exhumed in Florida following a legal battle between his wife and longtime companion.

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A supporter of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez rest her hands on his coffin in Caracas Oct. 5. Perez was first elected president of Venezuela in 1974 and had a second term beginning in 1989 that was cut short by his impeachment on corruption charges. Perez, 88, died in exile of a heart attack on December 25, 2010.