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.
Israel has held bodies of 18 Palestinians killed by its army after alleged attacks
Visa-free travel proposal will inflate numbers of Turkish tourists to Greek islands, Greek association official hopes
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The bulk carrier Liberty Grace docked in Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast with a cargo of 47,500 tonnes of sorghum, a staple food in Sudan
Armenia says it would debate a law that would recognise Karabakh as an independent country
UN mission was established in 1991, after brokered ceasefire between Morocco and Polisario Front
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Both HRW and the Norweigan Helsinki Committee have called for the release of four lawyers who have been imprisoned in Tajikistan
Prime Minister Beata Szydło has abolished Poland's Council for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance amid widespread concern that has been condemned by the opposition
Cricket mad refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan are using the sport to build bridges between communities in Germany
Terrorist organisations within Syria and Turkey had planned to carry out a number of attacks near Moscow
So far, no casualties have been reported, eyewitnesses say
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees requests $80M from Saudi, UAE and Kuwait to put Palestinian kids through school
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