Saturday, July 17, 2010

Venezuela: Chavez orders Simon Bolivar's bones to be exhumed

FOCUS Information Agency - The remains of South American independence hero Simon Bolivar have been exhumed in Venezuela to determine the cause of his death nearly 200 years ago, the BBC reports.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered Bolivar's tomb be opened because he suspects he was murdered.

Most accounts maintain Bolivar died from tuberculosis in Colombia in 1830.

Mr Chavez announced the exhumation of his hero on Twitter, saying he "wept with emotion".
"What impressive moments we have lived tonight. We have seen the bones of the Great Bolivar!" He tweeted from the national pantheon in Caracas.

"That glorious skeleton must be Bolivar, because his flame can be felt. Bolivar lives!" he added.