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Venezuela's National Assembly Begins Sessions Today

Diosdado Cabello to Lead Parliament

On Thursday, Venezuela’s National Assembly began its first ordinary sessions for 2012 with a special session held this morning to elect the board of directors. In the first session of the year, each parliamentary bloc proposes a topic, which is put to a vote, and then elects the board of directors that will lead the parliament for a year, according to the news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias.    

The first vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, will become the new president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, the legislator announced via his twitter account, @dcabellor. Cabello was nominated by the majority bloc of the PSUV.

“Tomorrow at 10 am I will assume the presidency of the National Assembly from the extraordinary comrade [Francisco] Soto Rojas,” Cabello wrote on twitter. In 2011, the parliament was leaded by Fernando Soto Rojas, who is also member of the PSUV.

In previous messages on twitter, the socialist legislator thanked the president of his party, Hugo Chávez, “who entrusted me with this arduous duty.”

Cabello wrote: “In the National Assembly, I will be at the service of the people and the Bolivarian Revolution to build the people’s power. We shall overcome!”

Previous Responsabilities

Cabello has held several important posts within the Venezuelan government, including vice president of the Republic, governor of the state of Miranda, minister of the interior and justice and director of the National Commission of Telecommunications (Conatel).

As vice president, during the failed coup d’état against Chávez on April 13, 2002, Cabello was appointed interim president for a few hours after the return of democracy and constitutionality to the country. His first mission was to recue President Chávez, who was held captive on the island of La Orchila by military officers aligned with Pedro Carmona Estanga, who was unconstitutionally appointed president by coup leaders.

Correo del Orinoco / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / January 5, 2012

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