Chávez appoints Carlos Alcalá Cordones as Army Commander
Major General Carlos Alcalá Cordones was appointed by President Hugo Chávez as the new Commander General of the Army
President Hugo Chávez on Friday announced the appointment of Major General Carlos Alcalá Cordones as the new Commander General of the Army.
Chávez's announcement came during an interview with multi-state TV network Telesur regarding the Mercosur meeting about the situation in Paraguay.
Cordones Alcalá held the post of Inspector General of the Army and will replace Major General Euclides Campos Aponte, who "turns 30 years of service and two years at the top position of the Army," said Chávez.
Carlos Alcalá Alcalá is a brother of General Clíver Alcalá Cordones, the commander of the Fourth Armored Division and the Military Garrison of Maracay, Aragua state.
President Chávez also said he was meeting with officers and members of the Military High Command at Fuerte Tiuna military base, in Caracas, "addressing a number of issues." He added that he would later preside over a council of ministers.
The very early morning after the presidential election (April 15), both candidates requested the National Electoral Council (CNE) to conduct a full audit of the process: one, Henrique Capriles, because he asserts that the election results are different from the ones announced, and the other one, Nicolás Maduro, in order to clear any doubt regarding his victory, and to reinforce his political stance. Nevertheless, as it is already known, President Maduro changed his mind.