Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has signed a decree to safeguard the burial site of the late president, Hugo Chavez, for 100 years after opposition forces threatened to move the body.
The decree aims to preserve the Cuartel de la Montaña and its “historic memory.”
The center, which functions as a military museum as well as the headquarters of the Hugo Chavez Foundation, is in the revolutionary Caracas neighborhood 23 de Enero, where the former leader voted himself. Chavez died in 2013 after a battle with cancer.
Maduro said on his television show “In Contact with Maduro” on Tuesday night that he designed the legally binding decree to “guarantee that in the Cuartel de la Montaña the memory and remains of Hugo Chavez will be preserved, and that no oligarch will come and try to privatize, take away, or damage that which belongs to history and to our people.”
The decree states that the management of the Cuartel will pass to the Hugo Chavez Foundation, with other grassroots groups, for 100 years.
In early December, Maduro announced that the decree would be passed through an Enabling Law in order to protect the Cuartel from sectors of the political right, who said that after gaining a supermajority in the National Assembly would seek to close the site.