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Jacqueline Faría sworn in as head of government of the Capital District

In a special ceremony held at the seat of the Metropolitan Mayor's Office, Jacqueline Faría, the current chief executive of the state mobile phone company (Movilnet) and vice president of Chavez's party, was sworn in on Thursday as the head of government of the Capital District by the Venezuelan Vice President Ramón Carrizales.

"The head of government of the Capital District is a government official. According to the Constitution, I am the coordinator of the national government and I have been instructed by Venezuela's President, Hugo Chávez, to administer the oath of office to Jacqueline Faría", Carrizales said at the gates of the Metropolitan Palace in front of the Plaza Bolívar, downtown Caracas.

Carrizalez said that it is impossible to talk with the Metropolitan Mayor, Antonio Ledezma, or "with alleged leaders or with anyone intending to make decisions that do not take into account the presence and participation of people," the Vice President said.

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