Venezuela's Maduro posts foreign minister Ramirez to UN

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez speaks to journalists in Vienna, Austria on November 27, 2014Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was moving Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez to serve as his United Nations envoy. The move, which sees former communications minister Delcy Rodriguez appointed new chief diplomat, was announced on the eve of Venezuela joining the UN Security Council on January 1 as a temporary member on a rotating basis, representing Latin America. Ramirez, a 51-year-old engineer by training, had only served as foreign minister since September 3.

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