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CARACAS, Friday July 05, 2013 | Update
 
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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

Meléndez was previously the Chief of Staff (File photo: AVN)
ALICIA DE LA ROSA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Friday July 05, 2013  04:53 PM
With greeting shots in memory of late President Hugo Chávez and the national anthem, the promotion ceremony of top military officers began on Friday afternoon.

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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