Admiral Carmen Meléndez is the new Venezuelan Defense Minister
During a ceremony at the central yard of the Barracks of the Mountain, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro seized the opportunity to announce the appointment of Admiral Meléndez
During the ceremony at the central yard of the Barracks of the Mountain, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro seized the opportunity to announce the appointment of Admiral Meléndez.
"She is the first woman in getting the highest military rank and the first female Minister of Defense in the country," the Head of State highlighted.
Maduro also promoted Major General Vladimir Padrino López to the rank of Chief of the Strategic Operational Command in the stead of Wilmer Barrientos, and Major General Alexis López Ramírez as the Army General Commander.
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