This Article is From Mar 10, 2015

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Hails Sanctioned Officials

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Hails Sanctioned Officials

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a meeting with his cabinet at the presidential palace in Caracas, on March 9, 2015. (Agence France-Presse)

CARACAS:

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro paraded the seven officials sanctioned by the US government on national television on Monday, hailing them as "heroes" and appointing one of them as the new interior minister.

"I congratulate them," Maduro said in a live TV address, flanked by his Cabinet and the seven officials. "It's an honor" to be on the US sanctions list, he said.

The president named national intelligence head Gustavo Gonzalez, whom Washington accuses of complicity in violence against anti-government protesters, as new interior minister. It was not immediately clear if Gonzalez would occupy both posts.

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