Venezuelan president will temporarily govern from a tent, in order to let families made homeless by recent floods take refuge in his office.
Hugo Chavez said Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will give him a Bedouin tent to put up in the garden of the presidential palace.
25 families who lost their homes are already living in the palace.
Across the country, the floods have made more than 100,000 people homeless. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk)
“Put up Gaddafi’s gift,” said Chavez during a visit to a refuge for flood victims close to the Miraflores palace in Caracas.
“You can install it in the garden at Miraflores because I’m going to move into the tent. We can put some beds in my office.”
In Libya Col Gaddafi lives in a huge Bedouin tent, and he brought one with him last year, when he visited Venezuela.
The Venezuelan leader has been personally supervising relief efforts in response to the floods.
More than 30 people died in the worst rains in a decade, which also caused widespread destruction.
Some of the worst damage has been in poor hillside neighbourhoods of Caracas, where precarious houses have been swept away by landslides.
President Chavez has promised a massive home-building programme
On Friday culture minister Francisco Sesto was appointed to the new role of minister for reconstruction in Caracas.
It is also one of the worst May-November rainy seasons in decades for neighbouring Colombia and much of Central America.