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Family feud delays Venezuelan president's burial

 The body of the former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez lies in a casket at a funeral home in Miami, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. Perez died Satur...
 Cecilia Victoria Perez, left, and Maria Francia Perez, right,  the daughters of former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez, arrive at a funeral ...
 Former Venezuelan presidential candidate Enrique Salas Romer shakes hands as he arrives at a funeral home in Miami for a viewing for the former Venez...
 A sign that reads "Sir...Give us back Carlos Andres Perez (CAP) and we will give you Chavez" is shown on a car parked at a funeral home during the vi...

APTOPIX Burial Perez

The body of the former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez lies in a casket at a funeral home in Miami, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. Perez died Satur...

Burial Perez

Cecilia Victoria Perez, left, and Maria Francia Perez, right, the daughters of former Venezuelan president Carlos Andres Perez, arrive at a funeral ...

Burial Perez

Former Venezuelan presidential candidate Enrique Salas Romer shakes hands as he arrives at a funeral home in Miami for a viewing for the former Venez...

Burial Perez

A sign that reads "Sir...Give us back Carlos Andres Perez (CAP) and we will give you Chavez" is shown on a car parked at a funeral home during the vi...

A judge in Miami has delayed the burial of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez amid a family feud over his final resting place.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Hubbart issued an order preventing a funeral home from burying Perez as planned Wednesday pending further orders from the court.
The judge acted Tuesday on a complaint by Perez's first wife, Blanca Perez, who wants him buried in Venezuela. Perez's more recent wife and two daughters had planned to bury him in South Florida following a Mass.
Perez's daughter in Caracas told a Venezuelan media outlet that she hoped her father would be buried there, with his daughter Thais, who died 15 years ago.
Perez died Saturday in Miami. He was 88. A wake was held Tuesday in Miami for the popular nationalist who led Venezuela during a 1970s oil boom and survived a 1992 coup attempt by current President Hugo Chavez _ who at the time was a young lieutenant colonel in the nation's army.
Perez's wife and two daughters living in the U.S. have said they will not return the former president's remains to Venezuela until Chavez leaves office.
During his first term in the 1970s, he won popularity by nationalizing Venezuela's oil industry, paying off foreign oil companies and then capitalizing on a period of prosperity that allowed his government to build subway lines and bankroll new social programs. He also helped promote talks to end wars in Central America in the 1980s.
Perez was impeached on corruption charges in 1993 and spent more than two years under house arrest. He was convicted in May 1996 of misusing $17 million in public funds, but he denied the charges and said they were politically motivated.
He was elected senator but later left Venezuela after Chavez instituted a new congress and new constitution in 1999.
Chavez spent two years in prison for leading the coup attempt and was pardoned in 1994 by then-President Rafael Caldera. Chavez has called it a legitimate rebellion against a government that he felt betrayed the country's interests.


Updated : 2021-05-09 06:36 GMT+08:00