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Venezuela's Maduro Names New Vice President, Cabinet

CARACAS -- Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro named Delcy Rodriguez as his new Executive Vice President, replacing Tareck El Aissami.

El Aissami, 43, was sanctioned by the U.S. last year and so far over $500 million of accounts and properties of his have been seized by the U.S. Treasury.

Delcy Rodriguez had been serving as head of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. Previous to that she was Foreign Minister.

In appointing Rodriguez by tweet, Maduro said he was appointing "a young woman, courageous, hardened, daughter of a martyr, revolutionary and proven in a thousand battles, our sister Delcy Eloina Rodriguez."

El Aissami is being sent to head a newly created Ministry of National Industry and Production.

Dante Rivas was named as Minister of Fish and Agriculture.

Yomana Koteich was named External Commerce Minister.

Stella Lugo was named Minister of Tourism, replacing Diosdado Cabello's wife Marleny Josefina Contreras Hernandez de Cabello. Cabello and his wife, brother and a "testaferro" (frontman) Rafael Sarria were all sanctioned by the U.S. last month.

Marleny de Cabello will now be the Minister of Public Works.

Hipolito Abreu was appointed to head the Minister of Transport.

Eduardo Pinate will now be the Minister of Labor.

Caryl Bertho named to head Humanized Birth and Breastfeeding Program with Maduro calling the revolution "deeply feminist."

Heryck Rangel was named as Minister of EcoSocialism.

Evelyn Vasquez was named as Minister of Water Care.

"Essentially, they are doubling down on the disastrous path they have been taking," wrote Russ Dallen, head of investment bank Caracas Capital in a report to clients. "The make-up and ideology of this cabinet is now even more Cuban than before."
 

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