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VENEZUELA

The President is elected by a plurality vote with direct and universal suffrage. The term of office is 5 years, and a president cannot be re-elected until at least two terms have been served by others. The President decides the size and composition of the cabinet and makes appointments to it with the involvement of the Congress. The executive branch initiates most legislation, which the legislature debates and approves, alters, or rejects. The Congress has the authority to override a presidential veto but the President can ask the Congress to reconsider the portions of bills found objectionable.

The Congress is bicameral, and elections for the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies are held at the same time every five years.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
President Chavez, Frias, Hugo
Vice President Rangel, Jose Vicente
Min. of Agriculture & Lands Andrade, Efren
Min. of Defense Prieto, Jose Luis
Min. of Development of Special Economic Zones Natera, Francisco
Min. of Education, Culture, & Sports Isturiz, Aristobulo
Min. of Energy & Mines Ramirez, Rafael
Min. of Environment & Natural Resources Osario, Ana Elisa
Min. of Finance Nobrega Suarez, Tobias
Min. of Foreign Affairs Chaderton, Roy
Min. of Health & Social Development Urbaneja, Maria Lourdes
Min. of Higher Education Navarro, Hector
Min. of Information & Communications Uribe, Nora
Min. of Infrastructure Cabello, Diosdado
Min. of Interior & Justice Rincon Romero, Lucas, Gen.
Min. of Labor Iglesias, Maria Cristina
Min. of Planning Giordani, Jorge
Min. of Production & Commerce Rosales, Ramon
Min. of Science & Technology Merentes, Nelson
Min. of Social & Economic Development Merentes, Nelson
Prosecutor General Rodriguez, Isaias
Pres., Central Bank Castellanos, Diego
Ambassador to the US (Designate) Alvarez, Bernardo
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Alcalay, Milos