Venezuela's Chavez shuffles cabinet, then tweets about it

October 14, 2012 02:48


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CARACAS - 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.

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