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Venezuela's Chavez Reshuffles Cabinet


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reshuffled his cabinet.

Mr. Chavez announced late Saturday that Ali Rodriguez, who heads the state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, would replace Jesus Perez as foreign minister.

Oil minister Rafael Ramirez will take over the state-run oil company, while also retaining his government oil portfolio.

The high-profile changes had been widely expected and come after Mr. Chavez consolidated his political power with a victory in an August 15 referendum on his government.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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