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Venezuela lawmakers elect Chavez ally as Assembly chief

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) listens to National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello speak during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the...

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) arrives with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the...

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) embraces National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the "Chavista"-dominated...

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Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello attends an assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the "Chavista"-dominated legislature cemented the combative...

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Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello (R) speaks next to Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) embraces National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the "Chavista"-dominated...

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) arrives with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the...

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) embraces National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the "Chavista"-dominated...

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) listens to National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello speak during the assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Cabello, the...

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro arrives at the national assembly inauguration in Caracas January 5, 2013. Venezuelan lawmakers re-elected a staunch ally of Hugo Chavez to head the National Assembly on Saturday, putting him in line to be caretaker president if the socialist leader does not recover from cancer surgery. By choosing the incumbent, Diosdado Cabello, the "Chavista"-dominated legislature cemented the combative...

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