The Venezuelan military has been activated to ensure order following the death of President Hugo Chavez.
Chavez passed away late Tuesday afternoon in hospital in the capital, Caracas.
The announcement came just hours after Venezuelan vice-President Nicolás Maduro publically accused international conspirators of possibly poisoning Chavez.
The Venezuelan government has also ejected a pair of US diplomats on suspicion of trying to subvert the government.
US President Barack Obama has since issued a statement, saying his administration still wants to continue its ties with the Venezuelan government.
Hugo Chavez died after a lengthy fight with cancer.
He was 58.
The National People's Congress is now entering into a second day of its annual session today here in Beijing.
Around 3-thousand deputies to the 12th National People's Congress are due to deliberate on the government work report delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday.
During the two-week session, the deputies will elect the country's new president and vice president.
They will also decide on a new premier, vice premiers and cabinet, as well as deliberate a governmental reform plan.