The National Assembly of Venezuela has met to select a leader, possibly to stand-in for President Hugo Chavez whilst he recovers from cancer surgery in Cuba. The outcome was to announce Diosdado Cabello as the leader.
If Hugo Chavez is unable to return to Venezuela to commence his new term on Thursday Cabello will lead Venezuela, at least for the moment. Opposition leaders are calling for a new election from the people to decide the new election if Chavez does not return, whilst Cabello will be the caretaker president.
As an ally of Chavez, Cabello was expected to take office as he was selected by Mr Chavez’s governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Mr Cabello is in a position of overwhelming power but has vowed to remain unity, along with Cabello’s political rival, vice-president Nicolas Maduro, in the PSUV.
Chavez had been elected to lead Venezuela until 2019 and it has created uproar that the decision to select another person, to lead Venezuela, without public consent has been left directly to the government.
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