Havana opens Chavez museum as summit closes

Published On: Jan 29 2014 12:01:17 PM EST

In this photo released by Cubadebate, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits with Cuba's former President Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Ban Ki-moon is in Havana to attend the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Alex Castro)


The presidents of Venezuela and Cuba have inaugurated a new museum in Havana dedicated to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The two-room museum in a Spanish colonial fortress covers the history of Venezuela and of Chavez, who died of cancer last March.

Permanent exhibits show personal objects, including a military uniform and shoes.

Every month, a Communist youth group is to hold a public act in his honor.

Chavez was a close ally of Cuba and considered Fidel Castro a friend and mentor. Venezuela has supplied Cuba with billions of dollars in cut-rate oil in recent years.

The museum was inaugurated Wednesday as Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathered for the final day of a regional summit in Havana.


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