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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has appointed former Vice President Tareck El Aissami as Oil Minister. He is charged by the USA with drug trafficking.

According to an official announcement on Monday, Asdrúbal José Chávez, a cousin of Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chávez who died in 2013, will become the new president of the state oil company PDVSA. Asdrúbal and El Aissami replace General Manuel Quevedo, who held both the Ministry and the PDVSA presidency.

El Aissami is on the ICE's list of most-wanted drug traffickers. The US authorities . . .

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