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    Mourners bid final farewell to Chavez

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    Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans thronged the streets of Caracas to bid a final farewell to late president Hugo Chavez a month before elections to pick his successor.

    Friends and family of the man who ruled the oil-rich South American country for 14 years joined high-ranking government and army officials at a mass in his honour on Friday, sending the leftist's remains on a last journey through the capital.

    "He became an exemplary president, the only one who remembered the poor," said Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly, at the military academy where Chavez's casket has been on display for the past nine days.

    Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Caracas.