World Bulletin / News Desk
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shuffled his cabinet on Saturday then announced the changes from his Twitter account, days after winning a re-election bid that could extend his rule to nearly two decades.
Chavez on Sunday beat opposition challenger Henrique Capriles by a resounding 11 percentage points, giving him a third six-year term to continue his self-styled socialist revolution in the South American OPEC nation.
He named General Nestor Reverol, who has led Venezuela's anti-drugs agency, as the new interior minister. That post is key to addressing the violent crime that is the top complaint of Venezuelans of all social classes.
The shuffle also put new faces in the environment and communications ministries.
He ended several tweets with the phrase "efficiency or nothing," reflecting efforts to address complaints about stifling bureaucracy and half-finished infrastructure projects that at times dogged him on the campaign trail.
He has tapped several key allies to run in elections for state governors in December in efforts to win back states now controlled by the opposition.
Chavez, 58, on Wednesday named Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro as vice president. Maduro has been seen as a possible successor to the socialist leader since his cancer diagnosis in mid-2011.
Chavez insists he is fully recovered from the disease, but doctors say a relapse cannot be ruled out.
Forces affiliate with Libyan unity government overrun Ben Jawad and Nofiliya as they thrust westwards along the Mediterranean coast
In its annual report, the EU's anti-fraud agency OLAF said it had detected an estimated €888 million in EU funds that were lost to fraudulent claims in 2015
The fight against ISIL, 'which is the number one enemy, must be a Libyan fight and a united fight,' Martin Kobler says
Disruptions in country's transport services are expected as start of Euro 2016 football tournament approaches
In the past week alone, at least 880 people have died in a series of shipwrecks, the United Nations refugee agency says
'The project demonstrates the desire of French companies to contribute to the petroleum sector, the backbone of the Libyan economy,' French foreign ministry says
'I want to tell you that nothing is forgotten, no one is forgotten, and no one is forgiven,' Nadiya Savchenko asserts
'A human catastrophe is unfolding in Fallujah. Families are caught in the crossfire with no safe way out,' an aid group says
The Republic of Dagestan set on the Caspian Sea between the staggering Greater Caucasus mountains is a wonderland of ethnic and cultural diversity
Although not identified, the photograph that has emerged of a drowned baby that was pulled out from the Mediterranean may force European leaders to take further action and provide safe routes for refugees.
Victims’ relatives to file human rights case according to local media
Recent showdown between NATO and Russia is believed to be a possible solution for the Nagorno-Karabakh question in Azerbaijan
No working group can tackle question between Turkey and Russia unless Turkey takes step first, Kremlin spokesman says
Mohamad Taher Siala, a foreign ministry employee for three decades, 'officially took up his post' at the ministry building
As it is announced the number of the Chechen refugees living in Germany it is increased.
'Following last week's closure of the Idomeni refugee camp, the number of refugees trying to cross Hungary's barrier has increased,' Hungarian PM's chief adviser says