What’s next? Chavez’s death leaves many questions

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Chavez's death leaves many unanswered questions

Chavez was the leader of Venezuela for 14 years

Former vice president Nicolás Maduro will take over as president until an election

CNN  — 

Thousands of Venezuelans are expected to line the streets Wednesday morning as Hugo Chavez’s remains are taken from the military hospital where he died to the Fuerte Tiuna Military Academy in Caracas.

Presidents arrived in the country for the funeral procession, including Uruguay’s Jose Mujica, Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner and Bolivia’s Evo Morales.

The country has declared seven days of mourning, closed schools for the rest of the week and deployed armed forces to “guarantee peace.”

The death of the longtime charismatic but controversial leader Tuesday leaves many unanswered questions that Venezuela and the world must now grapple with.

Who is expected to succeed Chavez?

In the short term, Vice President Nicolas Maduro will take over as president of Venezuela until an election is held. He is Chavez’s hand-picked successor and delivered the news to the country of the longtime leader’s death.