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Venezuela's Chavez names new vice-president

2012-10-11 01:52:27 GMT2012-10-11 09:52:27(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has named a new vice-president, following his re-election on Sunday for another six-year term.

Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, one of the president's closest advisors, has been appointed for the job.

He is a former bus driver who rose through the ranks of Mr Chavez' United Socialist Party.

He would replace the president should his battle with cancer force him to step down in the future.

The announcement was made as President Chavez appeared at the National Electoral Commission to be officially proclaimed as the winner of Sunday's vote.

Mr Chavez, who has been in power since 1999, will be sworn in in January for a fourth term.

(Agencies)

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