Venezuela ruling party takes control of parliament

14:10, January 06, 2011      

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The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) took control of the National Assembly Wednesday after three of its members were elected president and vice presidents of parliament.

During the parliament's first meeting for the 2011-2016 term, PSUV's Fernando Soto Rojas, a 77-year-old former guerilla, was elected president of the Assembly, teacher Aristobulo Isturiz elected as first VP, and former Communication and Information Minister Blanca Eekhout as second VP. Positions such as secretary and sub-secretary also went to the ruling party.

The PSUV enjoys a majority of 98 seats out of the 165 seats of the Assembly.

During the oath ceremony, Rojas said the National Assembly will guarantee the social improvement long awaited by the Venezuelan people.

He said the National Assembly will represent all social sectors.

Source: Xinhua

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