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Ahmadinejad Elevates Chavez to Messiah-Status: He Is Returning to Earth With Jesus & the 12th Imam


"I have no doubt that he will return."

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The chummy relationship between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the late Hugo Chavez is no secret, but the depth of the Iranian president's affection and indeed, reverence for the deceased Venezuelan leader might take some by surprise. Ahmadinejad declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for all Iranians while simultaneously elevating Chavez to martyr-status -- one on par with Jesus Christ (who is considered a prophet in Islam) and Islam’s 12th imam -- the last of the Twelve Imams who Shiites believe to be mankind's ultimate savior.

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