Chavez names his foreign minister as new VP
CARACAS – Just days after winning a tough re-election battle, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez named his foreign minister Nicolas Maduro as his new vice president on Wednesday.
"I want us all to offer applause of support and motivation to our new vice president, Nicolas Maduro," Chavez said at the headquarters of the national electoral council.
The 49-year-old Maduro, a former bus driver and union activist, had served as foreign minister since 2006.
Maduro replaces Elias Jaua, who plans to run for the governorship of Miranda state – the most populous in the country – against Henrique Capriles, the man defeated by Chavez. That vote will take place on December 16.
Chavez won 55.26 per cent of the vote, against 44.13 per cent for Capriles, according to the electoral council. Ballots cast abroad had not been counted. - AFP