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Venezuelan President Names Controversial Potential Successor

Venezuelan President Names Controversial Potential Successor

 Tareck El Aissami at a press conference in 2011 (AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:00 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday announced several new appointments to his Cabinet, but his selection of Tareck El Aissami as new vice president was a controversial one, the Miami Herald reports.

Maduro, the governor of Aragua state and former minister of interior, was investigated for drug trafficking last year according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. He called the allegations “worthless” at the time.

The opposition-led National Assembly in Venezuela, unhappy with the economic crisis, scarcity of basic food items and medicine and rising violent crime, has pushed to oust Maduro through a recall referendum. If that were to happen, Aissami, 43, would assume the presidency and finish Maduro’s term through 2019.

Maduro, who has been in office since 2013, said in a nationally televised address that the Cabinet changes are a “necessary renewal” and they would “combine experience, commitment and the new stage of the government of the street.”

In other moves, Ram�n Lobo, a lawmaker from the western Merida state, was named as the new economy and finance minister and Nelson Mart�nez, head of Venezuela’s oil refineries in the U.S., was selected to lead the oil ministry.

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