Hugo Chávez ya no será embalsamado, como confirmó este viernes el presidente interino Nicolás Maduro. Los restos reposan ya en una estructura llamada "Flor de Cuatro Elementos", que representa "el florecer de la nueva patria y la nueva América", según el gobierno venezolano. Lee aquí cómo fueron los últimos minutos de vida de Hugo Chávez.

Este viernes 15 de marzo después de trasladar el féretro de Chávez desde la Academia Militar - donde se mantuvo por 10 días en capilla ardiente- hasta el "Cuartel de la Montaña", donde el militar gestó el fallido golpe de estado de 1992, los restos fueron depositados en una obra arquitéctonia, en forma de flor, un diseño del artista venezolano Fruto Vivas.

"Los oficiales que lo acompañaron aquel 4 de febrero de 1992 [Día del golpe de estado] hacen una cadena humana para acompañarlo hasta la 'Flor de Cuatro Elementos'", se indicó en el discurso final mientras los oficiales cargaban el féretro.

"El significado de esta flor es : fuego, viento, tierra y agua y es un diseño para el Comandante de la Revolución Bolivariana: Hugo Chávez Frías". El hecho de ser una flor representa la metáfora del renacer de la nueva patria y de la América nueva. La flor de frente al fuego representa la intensidad de los ideales inmortales del Comandante, ideales sustentados en los principios del Libertador y Padre de la Patria Simón Bolívar", dijo el locutor durante el acto del traslado de las exequias.

Posteriormente de haber depositado el féretro en la escultura, la familia inmediata: sus hijos, hermanos y padres estuvieron por un espacio de 10 minutos despidiéndose de líder socialista al lado del ataúd.

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El vocero del gobierno de Venezuela anunció el viernes que ya fue completamente descartado que el cuerpo del presidente Hugo Chávez vaya a ser embalsamado, como había sugerido esta semana el mandatario encargado del país.

El ministro de Comunicación de Venezuela, Ernesto Villegas, escribió en su cuenta de Twitter que se descartó el embalsamamiento tras un informe de una comisión médica rusa.

"Comisión médica rusa estableció que para practicar el procedimiento, el cuerpo debía ser trasladado a Rusia por lapso de entre 7 y 8 meses", tuiteó el funcionario.

Añadió que "tras ese informe, quedó descartado el embalsamamiento, que era una aspiración sentida de numerosos compatriotas".

Ya el miércoles el presidente encargado Nicolás Maduro había dicho que era "bastante difícil" que se concretaran los planes, porque ese procedimiento debía haberse comenzado con más tiempo atrás.

Maduro aseguró entonces que la decisión de embalsamar a Chávez, fallecido el 5 de marzo, se había tomado a sugerencia de gobernantes extranjeros que estuvieron en el país para el funeral de Estado del mandatario que gobernó Venezuela por 14 años. No precisó quiénes fueron esos presidentes.

Un día después de su muerte, el cuerpo de Chávez fue llevado a la Academia Militar en Caracas, donde permaneció hasta la madrugada del viernes en un continuo acto velatorio por 10 días. Miles de personas formaron filas permanentes para poder verle el rostro bajo un cristal colocado en su ataúd.

Chávez, de 58 años, falleció a consecuencia del cáncer que lo aquejó por casi dos años.

Expertos dijeron esta semana a la AP que el embalsamamiento de un cuerpo debe hacerse en las horas posteriores a la muerte de una persona, porque de lo contrario el proceso de descomposición puede impedirlo.

Añadieron que los restos de Chávez debieron haber sido sometidos a tratamientos químicos antes de ponerlo en la academia militar para que la gente lo viera, porque de lo contrario habría presentado cambios, como de color.

En el pasado han sido embalsamos otros gobernantes socialistas y comunistas como el ruso Josef Stalin y los norcoreanos Kim Il Sung y Kim Jong Il, padre e hijo, respectivamente.

El cuerpo de Chávez fue trasladado el viernes a su morada provisional en el museo de una barriada pobre del oeste de la capital en medio de honores militares.

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  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • Bodyguards run alongside the hearse carrying the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in a procession in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office presidential guard soldiers carry the coffin containing the remains of late Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. In the background a portrait of independence hero Simon Bolivar.(AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

  • Adan Chavez, Anibal Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, brothers of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, Adan Chavez, left, and Anibal Chavez, right, carry Chavez's coffin at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

  • Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves to the crowd while riding atop a truck upon his arrival to the elections office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 11, 2012. Chavez rallied thousands of his supporters wearing his signature red beret and blowing kisses to the crowd as he formalized his presidential candidacy and launched his re-election bid.Second from left is Chavez's younger daugther Rosines and at right his brother Adan.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Adan Chavez, Anibal Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, brothers of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, Adan Chavez, left, and Anibal Chavez, right, carry Chavez's coffin at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • A supporter of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez holds flowers outside the military academy where the leader's body had been lying in state, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body was transferred to the military museum, his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist as he drives a military vehicle leading the procession with the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred Friday from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as final resting place. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Un simpatizante del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez sostiene flores durante el traslado de los restos del mandatario en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Nicolas Maduro, Adan Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro, right, addresses the nation from Miraflores presidential palace as Governor Adan Chavez, the older brother of President Hugo Chavez, looks on in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Maduro met with top Venezuelan government ministers, the military high command and all 20 loyalist governors in Caracas following word of President Hugo Chavez's deteriorating health. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • A supporter of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez cries outside the military academy where the leader's body had been lying in state, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body was transferred to the military museum, his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven in a procession to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, and his brother Adan play "bolas criollas" a traditional Venezuelan bowling in Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 23, 2012. President Hugo Chavez reappeared on television Monday after an eight-day silence, scoffing at rumors that his health took a turn for the worse and saying he plans to be back home Thursday after his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office/Estudios Revolucion)

  • Supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez wait for the procession to pass carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez from the military academy to a military museum in a shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Chavez on Friday, who died at age 58 of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • El ataúd que contiene los restos del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez es llevado desde la Academia Militar al Museo Militar, su lugar final de descanso, en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Fernando Llano)

  • Guardaespaldas acompañan el automóvil fúnebre en el que son trasladados los restos del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Rodrigo Abd)

  • Adan Chavez

    FILE - In this April 7, 2006 file photo, Adan Chavez, Venezuela's ambassador to Cuba and Hugo Chavez's older brother, smiles during an interview at his home in Havana, Cuba. Adan Chavez said Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 that widespread abstention in the recent elections for state governors hurt both the government party and the opposition, and said that some followers of President Hugo Chavez even voted for opposition candidates. Adan Chavez was re-elected as governor of Barinas state. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

  • The hearse with the coffin containing the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven to the military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • Un automóvil fúnebre traslada los restos del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez en Caracas, Venezuela, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2013. (AP Foto/Ariana Cubillos)

  • Confetti falls around the hearse carrying the coffin that contains the remains of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, in a funeral procession, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Chavez's body is being transferred Friday from the military academy where it has been lying in state to the military museum that will serve as his final resting place. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, second from left, walks with his brother Adan, left, his Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, second from right, and Venezuela's Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza in Havana, Cuba, Monday April 23, 2012. Chavez reappeared on television Monday after an eight-day silence, scoffing at rumors that his health took a turn for the worse and saying he plans to be back home Thursday after his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office, Estudios Revolucion)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, brothers of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, Adam Chavez, left, and Anibal Chavez, right, carry Chavez's coffin at the start of a procession from the military academy to a military museum, his final resting place, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 15, 2013. Venezuelans lined up to bid their last farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday. Chavez was 58 when he died of an undisclosed type of cancer on March 5. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)


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  • Hugo Chavez

    Elena Frías, madre del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, y sus hermanos Adán, segundo desde la izquierda, Argenis, primero a la derecha, y Adelis, cuarto desde la derecha, montan guardia de honor ante el féretro del mandatario en un salón de la Academia Militar, en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El velorio durará tres días y Venezuela decretó siete días de luto nacional. (Foto AP/Palacio Presidencial de Miraflores)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Nicolas Maduro, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro, second from left, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, third from left, Bolivia's President Evo Morales fourth from left, and Mujica's wife, Uruguayan Senator Lucía Topolansky stand next to the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez on display during his wake in Fort Tiuna military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • In this frame grab made from video broadcast by Telesur, the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez stands on display during his wake at a military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Telesur)

  • Esta imagen tomada de la transmisión de Telesur muestra el féretro del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, durante la ceremonia en que se le rindieron honores en la Academia Miliar en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013 (AP Foto/Telesur)

  • Covered by objects placed by supporters, the coffin carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez arrives to the military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • Covered by objects placed by supporters, the coffin carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez arrives to the military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

  • In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is carried into the Fort Tiuna military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Nicolas Maduro, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, left, Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro, second from left, Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, third from left, Bolivia's President Evo Morales, fourth from left, and Mujica's wife, Uruguayan Senator Lucía Topolansky stand next to the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez on display during his wake in Fort Tiuna military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    De izquierda a derecha, los presidentes de Argentina Cristina Fernández; José Mujica de Uruguay; Evo Morales de Bolivia y la esposa del mandatario uruguayo y senadora Lucía Topolansky montan guardia de honor ante el féretro del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, en un salón de la Academia Militar, en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El funeral se prevé para el viernes. (Foto AP/Palacio Presidencial de Miraflores)

  • Miles de personas llenaron las calles en la procesión fúnebre del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez y acompañan su ataúd del hospital donde falleció el martes a la Academia Militar donde será velado, en Caracas, el miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El velorio del mandatario durará tres días y Venezuela decretó siete días de luto nacional. (Foto AP/Palacio Presidencial de Miraflores)

  • Cristina Fernandez, Nicolas Maduro, Jose Mujica, Evo Morales Lucía Topolansky

    En esta foto difundida por la oficina de prensa de la presidencia venezolana, la presidente argentina Cristina Fernández, izquierda, el presidente interino venezolano Nicolás Maduro, 2do de la izquierda, el uruguayo José Mujica, 3ro de la izquierda, el boliviano Evo Morales, 4to de la izquierda, y la esposa de Mujica, senadora Lucía Topolansky junto al ataúd del difunto presidente Hugo Chávez en la academia militar de Fuerte Tiuna, Caracas, Venezuela, miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El funeral de Chávez está previsto para el viernes. (AP Foto/Mirflores)

  • Hugo Chavez

    In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Hugo Chavez' mother Elena Frias, third from left, and brothers Adan, second from left, Argenis, first right, and Adelis, fourth from right, stand next to the flag-draped coffin containing the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez on display during his wake at a military academy where his body will lie in state until his funeral in in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

  • Una partidaria del difunto presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez llora mientras espera para ver el cuerpo frente a la academia militar de Tiuna en Caracas, Venezuela, miércoles 6 de marzo de 2013. El funeral está previsto para el viernes. (AP Foto/Esteban Felix)